Brighton have pulled the plug on a proposed warm weather training camp in Dubai amid rising tensions between the US and Iran, reports claim.
The Seagulls had planned to travel to the Middle East over the upcoming winter break but are reportedly no longer going ahead with the trip with increasing security concerns in the region.
The club are especially concerned that they would be traveling with their American Express sponsorship visible on players' training kits and believe it would not be worth the risk, according to the Athletic.
Brighton boss Graham Potter will not be leading a warm weather camp in Dubai next month
It also worries the club that their owner Tony Bloom is Jewish, with a source saying 'We just don't want to take any risks that we don't need to take'.
Brighton were set to depart for Dubai following their last game before the break against Watford on February 8, with their next game against Sheffield United not taking place until later on in the month.
The team will still travel abroad in February but will pick a country in Europe that will allow preparations to go ahead with no security concerns.
'The Dubai authorities were excellent all the way through, no issues whatsoever,' a Brighton source told the Athletic. 'But in the current climate, because it’s unpredictable, we want to have certainty with our planning.'
The club abandoned the trip over security concerns, with fears over Jewish owner Tony Bloom
Brighton are worried over tensions in the Middle East after the death of Qasem Soleimani
It would follow the move taken by Manchester United after they too scrapped a Dubai training camp.
The Red Devils were planning to head to Doha in Qatar for their warm weather training camp but quickly abandoned the trip after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted grave concerns, adding that Europe seemed the most likely alternative.
'We were looking at the Middle East but that's definitely not going to happen,' he said.
'If there is one thing that worries me, it's not on the football pitch. There are other things that will worry me more than football.
Manchester United scrapped plans for a warm weather training camp in Doha, Qatar
'I'm going to give them a few days off. I don't know where they will all scatter around but we will stay in Europe.'
The assassination of Iran commander Qasem Soleimani in a US air strike has elevated tensions between the two countries, and there are fears of traveling in the region after a Ukrainian plane was accidentally shot down in Tehran, with all 176 on board being killed.
The Foreign Office advises British travelers to the United Arab Emirates 'remain vigilant' amid 'a possibility of an increased threat against Western interests'.