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Malaysian FA confident Chelsea boss Grant will be welcome

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon was in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday to announce the Blues would play a Malaysian Selection side on July 29 as part of their Far East summer programme.

Questions however have since been raised about whether Grant and defender Tal Ben Haim would be permitted to enter Malaysia as the country has no diplomatic ties with Israel.

But FAM deputy president Khairy Jamaluddin has downplayed those fears, citing the precedent set by the Israeli national cricket team's participation in the 1997 ICC Trophy.

"(Tour organisers) Pro Events has been advised to look into this matter and seek the necessary clearance," said Khairy.

"The FAM have agreed to support and sanction this tournament. After all precedents have been set before."

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