Australian football executives meet Bahraini royal over detained footballer Hakeem al-Araibi

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the Guardian—Exclusive: The meeting comes more than 40 days after the Australian-based refugee was detained in Thailand Australia’s football federation executives have finally met with the president of the Asian Football Confederation and Bahraini royal, Sheikh Salman al-Khalifa, more than 40 days after Hakeem al-Araibi was detained in Thailand. Al-Araibi is a Bahraini dissident who has lived in Australia for four years, and is a permanent resident with refugee status on the basis of his fear of persecution...

Asian Football Confederation accused of 'dismissive' statement on Hakeem al-Araibi. AFC says it is working with Fifa on Bahrainian refugee’s detention, but remains silent about its president The Asian Football Confederation has broken its month-long silence on Australian-based Bahraini refugee Hakeem al-Araibi’s detention in Thailand but has refused to answer questions on what, if any, involvement its president – who is a member of the Bahraini royal family – has had in his detention. The “dismissive” responses from the AFC to questions from multiple groups advocating for...