Israeli footballer barred from training session in Dubai

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2013

Israeli footballer Itay Schechter has missed a team visit to Dubai as a result of ongoing political tensions between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

The 25-year-old striker, who plays for Swansea City, was prevented from attending the six-day group training session.

The UAE does not recognise the state of Israel and Israeli passport holders can be arrested and deported on entering the UAE without a special visa.

Mr Schechter, who was once a victim of antisemitic abuse when he was given a Nazi salute during a training session, has travelled to Israel to train with his former Hapoel Tel Aviv football club ahead of a Premier League match this Sunday.

Last updated: 11:47am, February 13 2013