Vitesse Arnhem defender Dan Mori has been prevented from travelling with his team to the United Arab Emirates because he's a citizen of Israel, according to the Daily Mail.
A senior official for the club, Esther Bal, disclosed on Dutch Radio 1, that the club had been told that Mori could travel with the team on the trip, but on the day the club was due to go to Abu Dhabi, the authorities at the embassy of UAE rescinded the agreement.
Questions were raised as to why the club did not subsequently cancel the trip but Bal said that due to arrangements having been made in advance, it would hamper the club's preparation if they were to cancel at such short notice.
She also added that Mori was happy for the team to continue as planned, even though he would be left behind.
"Of course we wanted the team to be complete and it is very irritating for Mori that he is not with them but the interests of the team are paramount.
"And as a football club, we steer clear of politics and religion," she is quoted as saying.
Vitesse are currently in second position in the Ere Divisie, behind Ajax on goal difference.
The club has lined up a number of friendlies against against German sides VfL Wolfsburg and Hamburger SV in Abu Dhabi.
An Official at the Dutch Israeli information centre, Esther Voet said the Dutch club should raise the issue with football governing body Fifa.
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