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FIFA statement on Hakeem Al Araibi
2019-01-09



FIFA statement on Hakeem Al Araibi




Following a
renewed exchange with the Australian Football Federation, FIFA is again calling
for a humane and speedy resolution of the case concerning the player Hakeem Al
Araibi. 

This
player, a Bahrain national, is currently being detained in prison in Thailand
awaiting the outcome of extradition proceedings to Bahrain, where he was
previously convicted of a criminal offense, the validity of which he strongly
contests. 

This
situation should not have arisen, in particular, since Mr Al-Araibi now lives
and works and plays as a professional footballer in Australia, where he has
been accorded refugee status. 

FIFA is therefore calling
on all the relevant authorities (in Bahrain, Thailand and Australia) to take the necessary steps to ensure that Mr Hakeem Al-Araibi is allowed to return safely to
Australia where he can resume his career as a professional footballer.
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