Iran drops two soccer players from its national team for having played against Maccabi Tel Aviv.
- 10 August, 2017 Iran bans two soccer stars for playing against Israelis Masoud Shojaei, the national team captain, and Ehsan Haji Safi, a key member of Iran's World Cup-bound team, played with their club team in Greece against Maccabi Tel Aviv
- 5 August, 2017 Iran condemns soccer players who played against Israel Iran’s soccer federation condemns two Iranians who play for a Greek team for participating in a match against an Israeli team.
- 5 March, 2017 Cabinet Minister: Are we Iran? Heated debate in Cabinet allowing soccer teams to continue to play on the Sabbath. Religious players may have to violate Sabbath or sit out.
- 17 January, 2012 MK Ben-Ari vs. Arab soccer player Knesset member urges FIFA to ban Weaam Amasha from national team as he 'doesn't recognize Israel'
- 4 August, 2017 Gaza soccer team claims Israel banned 10 players Shabaab Rafah team claims Israel barred 10 Palestinian Arab soccer players from travelling from Gaza to Judea and Samaria.