Personally, I don't have issues with Avram Grant and Tal Ben Haim entering the country.
But Chelsea's transit stop in Kuala Lumpur in July is in peril due to Grant and Ben Haim's presence in the team.
We don't have diplomatic ties with Israel.
However, in 1997 Malaysia played host to the 22-nation tournament sponsored by the International Cricket Council, which allowed the Israel cricket team to compete amidst anti-Israel demonstrations in the nation's capital.
The then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad argued that the granting of visas to the Israeli team enabled Malaysia to "point out toIsrael and Israelis that followers of different religions in Malaysia can live together in harmony."
Sports transcends borders and barriers. Football especially.
If however Wisma Putra decides to play by the rules, a possible solution is for the Blues to come sans Grant and Ben Haim.
Man Yoo did so in 1995 without Sir Alex, well for reasons not connected to his nationality or immigration issues (he was perhaps in the balik kampung mood to Glasgow). The Red Devils were headed by Brian Kidd then.
Or Roman Abramovich can do us all a favour by giving Grant the sack and promoting Henk Ten Cate to the post instead. But hold on, are the Dutch allowed to enter KL, what with the Fitna controversy still brewing?