Itay Shechter forced to miss Swansea City's Dubai trip because of Israeli ban
ITAY Shechter has been forced to train in his homeland this week after being blocked from entering Dubai because of his nationality.
Swansea City have jetted out to the Middle East for a warm-weather training camp.
But they had to leave Shechter behind because of his Israeli passport.
Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates, and they do not recognise Israel as a state and do not have any diplomatic relations with the country.
Relations with much of the Arab world have been strained since Israel's formation and have worsened in recent years because of fighting between Israel and Palestine.
It is understood Swansea only discovered that Shechter would not be able to be part of their travelling party at the last minute.
The decision was then taken to press ahead with the trip — and to leave their Israeli international behind.
With Swansea's senior squad and staff away from the Liberty, Shechter has returned home to train with former club Hapoel Tel Aviv.
He will rejoin Michael Laudrup's squad on Friday, when they fly into Merseyside ahead of Sunday's Premier League game at Liverpool.
"Itay could not come — that is something to do with his passport and he will join us in Liverpool," a frustrated Laudrup explained.
Shechter is the only senior figure in the Swansea squad who did not make the trip to Dubai on Sunday.
Chico Flores was on the plane despite the fact he will play no part in training because of the ankle ligament injury he suffered in the win against Queens Park Rangers last weekend.
Flores has no chance of featuring at Anfield and is also expected to miss the Capital One Cup final.
But the prognosis is better for Leon Britton, who could be back for this weekend's reunion with Brendan Rodgers after missing the QPR game with an ankle problem.
Shechter is not the first Israeli sports star to be denied entry to Dubai.
In 2009, there was outcry when tennis player Shahar Peer was blocked from taking part in a major tournament there.
Major tennis stars including Venus Williams and Andy Roddick spoke out against the decision to deny her entry to Dubai.