The dispute over the apparent refusal of the United Arab Emirates to grant entry to Vitesse's Israeli footballer Dan Mori has taken another twist, with the UAE denying it had ever been asked for a visa.

In a short statement on its website, the UAE states: 'The embassy has followed - with interest - in the media the issue of the Dutch soccer team visit to the UAE. The embassy would like to categorically confirm there was no application or request made to us for this visit.'

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