The Palestinian Football Association (PFA) said on Sunday that Israel has prevented a senior Palestinian soccer delegate from traveling to this month's World Cup in Brazil.

The PFA has been lobbying world governing body FIFA to impose sanctions against Israel over restrictions on the movement of players from the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

PFA president Jibril Rajoub told Reuters last month that the relationship between the two Middle East neighbors had deteriorated after the recent arrest of a Palestine footballer and the shooting of two other players.

On Sunday the PFA, in what it described as the third such case, said its deputy general-secretary Mohammad Ammassi was denied permission by Israel to travel from Gaza to the West Bank, from where he would cross to Jordan and on to Brazil.

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