Israel has barred 10 Palestinian footballers from travelling from Gaza to the West Bank to play in Friday's Palestine Cup final second leg, their club said.
Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub insisted on Thursday the ball is now in Israel's court after a meeting at FIFA headquarters to discuss Israeli clubs playing in the occupied West Bank.
FIFA envoy Tokyo Sexwale on Tuesday called for movement on the "headache" issue of Israeli clubs in settlements in the occupied West Bank, after meeting Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
Palestinian hopes that FIFA would get tough on Israel were muted Friday when world football's governing body put off a decision on Israeli clubs based in settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian Cup will be decided on Tuesday night in the rescheduled final, second leg between Hebron's Ahly al-Khalil and Shabab Khan Yunis, the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) confirmed Monday.
The final leg of Palestinian football's biggest cup was postponed on Saturday after Israel prevented players from Gaza travelling to the West Bank for the fixture, football authorities said.
For the first time in 30 years, Shebab Hebron football club has won the occupied West Bank's championship, thanks in large part to five new players -- all Israeli Arabs.
The fate of a high profile Palestinian football match was in doubt Friday with Gaza officials saying Israel was barring players from travel to the West Bank, a charge denied by the Jewish state.
Palestinian football fans are gearing up for an "historic" clash with the West Bank-based Al-Ahli and Gaza's Shejaya set to play each other for the first time in 15 years.
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