Shechter barred from Dubai in last minute decision

February 17, 2013 02:39


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LONDON – Welsh Premier League football club Swansea City said a training trip to Dubai in which Israeli player Itay Shechter could not go had been a last-minute decision and that the player was happy to visit family in Israel instead.

On Friday, club officials said the trip took place due to a rescheduled game. The United Arab Emirates does not allow Israelis into the country.

“After hastily arranging the Dubai trip to fit in with our rearranged fixture at Liverpool [on Sunday], the club was made aware at a late stage that Itay Shechter would not be allowed to travel because the UAE did not have diplomatic relations with Israel,” a spokesman told The Jerusalem Post on Friday.

The spokesman said the team’s manager, Michael Laudrup, had spoken to Shechter, who would be training with his former club, Hapoel Tel Aviv.

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