Update: Soccer union urges IOC, FIFA to mull sanctions

Sports 02/04/19, 02:39

The Latest on a detained soccer player's extradition case in Thailand (all times local):1:30 p.m.The soccer players' union in Australia has called on the International Olympic Committee and soccer's governing body to consider sporting sanctions against Thailand and Bahrain following the continued detention of refugee footballer Hakeen al-Araibi in Bangkok.Professional ...

Update: Thai court sets April hearing for soccer player

Soccer 02/04/19, 00:59

The Latest on a detained soccer player's extradition case in Thailand (all times local):12:30 p.m.A soccer player who has refugee status in Australia has told a Thai court that he refuses to be voluntarily extradited to Bahrain.His home country has asked for his return to serve a prison sentence for ...

Soccer player pleads for Thailand to not send him to Bahrain

Soccer 02/03/19, 21:27

A soccer player who has refugee status in Australia has pleaded for Thailand to not send him home to Bahrain, which is seeking his extradition to serve a prison sentence for a crime he denies.Hakeem al-Araibi spoke as he arrived Monday at the Bangkok court hearing his case. He said, ...

Request made in Thai court to send soccer player to Bahrain

Sports 02/01/19, 03:17

Thai prosecutors submitted a request in court Friday for Thailand to extradite to Bahrain a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia.Hakeem al-Araibi, a former player on Bahrain's national team, has said he fled his home country due to political repression and human rights groups and activists fear ...

Thailand receives Bahrain request for detained soccer player

Soccer 01/29/19, 02:26

Thailand officially received a request from Bahrain to extradite a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia.Bahrain's request for the extradition of Hakeem al-Araibi was received Monday and forwarded to prosecutors for deliberation, foreign ministry spokeswoman Busadee Santipitaks said Tuesday.The Bahraini national team player says he fled his ...

Soccer activists, FIFA meet over Bahrain refugee emergency

Soccer 01/28/19, 10:57

Soccer activists campaigning for the release of a Bahraini refugee player detained in Thailand say his plight has become an emergency.Former Australia captain Craig Foster said Monday at FIFA headquarters that Bahrain had formally submitted an extradition request to Thailand for the return of Hakeem al-Araibi. The former Bahrain national ...

IOC backs FIFA’s calls for Bahraini player to be released

Soccer 01/26/19, 19:14

The International Olympic Committee has backed FIFA's calls for a Bahraini soccer player to be allowed to return to Australia from Thailand where he is detention while being pursued for extradition by Bahrain.But Asian soccer's leadership is declining to publicly back the campaign to secure the release of Hakeem al-Araibi, ...

Ex-player seeks FIFA help for jailed Bahrain refugee athlete

Sports 01/25/19, 04:58

A former Australian soccer player campaigning to free a Bahraini refugee athlete detained in Thailand wants FIFA, the sport's governing body, to sanction the soccer associations of Thailand and Bahrain if they fail to help.Craig Foster submitted an open letter Friday to FIFA President Gianni Infantino calling for the organization ...

South Korea, Australia, Japan aiming to improve at Asian Cup

Soccer 01/23/19, 01:49

South Korea, defending champion Australia and Japan made it through to the Asian Cup quarterfinals knowing there is much room for improvement as the continental tournament enters its finals stages.Even with the arrival of Son Heung-min from Tottenham, South Korea struggled to get past Bahrain, ranked 60 places lower by ...

South Korea beats Bahrain to reach Asian Cup quarterfinals

Sports 01/22/19, 11:15

Tottenham will be without Son Heung-min for a while longer after the midfielder helped South Korea reach the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup.South Korea, which finished runner-up in 2015, is one of the tournament favorites but needed extra time to beat Bahrain 2-1 in the round of 16 on Tuesday.Substitute ...

Australia soccer player says detained refugee is losing hope

Sports 01/22/19, 03:49

A former Australian soccer player has urged the sport's governing bodies to push for the release of a Bahraini refugee athlete detained in Thailand while it weighs his extradition.Former national team member Craig Foster visited Hakeem al-Araibi at a Bangkok prison on Tuesday and said the detainee was losing hope ...

UAE, Thailand make Asian Cup last 16, heartbreak for India

Sports 01/14/19, 13:48

Thailand's decision to change coaches continued to prove to be a masterstroke but there was last-minute heartbreak for India at the Asian Cup on Monday.Thailand drew against host side United Arab Emirates 1-1 to qualify for the next round for the first time since reaching the semifinals in 1972.UAE finished ...

Thailand beats Bahrain in Asian Cup after changing coaches

Asia & Pacific 01/10/19, 08:30

Changing the manager had an immediate benefit for Thailand as it won only its second of 22 matches at the Asian Cup on Thursday.Chanathip Songkrasin scored the only goal as Thailand beat Bahrain 1-0.Thailand sacked coach Milovan Rajevac following Sunday's 4-1 drubbing to India and appointed his assistant, Sirisak Yodyardthai, ...

Australia praises Thai action on Saudi woman seeking asylum

Soccer 01/10/19, 05:41

Australia's foreign minister praised Thailand on Thursday for its handling of a young Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum in Australia, but also reminded it of continuing concern about a Bahraini soccer player granted asylum in Australia who remains in Thai detention.Marise Payne met with senior Thai ...

Host UAE draws 1-1 with Bahrain in Asian Cup kickoff

Soccer 01/05/19, 13:16

Tournament host United Arab Emirates needed a late penalty from a handball to salvage a 1-1 draw with Bahrain in the opening match of the Asian Cup on Saturday.Bahrain was close to taking a win at its regional rival when Mohamed Al Rohaimi scored from the center of the area ...

Pompeo’s Mideast trip comes on heels of Trump Syria decision

Politics 01/04/19, 09:02

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to the Middle East next week in an effort to shore up support from America's Arab allies. The State Department says Pompeo will visit eight countries in the region, starting with Jordan and ending in Kuwait. It'll be Pompeo's first Mideast trip since President Donald ...

Activists demand Thailand release refugee soccer player

Soccer 12/22/18, 00:21

Human rights groups and former soccer players have called on FIFA and the Australian government to intervene to stop a Melbourne-based refugee and semi-professional soccer player being extradited from Thailand to Bahrain.Hakeem al-Araibi, a former representative of Bahrain's national team, was granted refugee status in Australia last year after fleeing ...

Thai court extends detention of refugee sought by Bahrain

Soccer 12/11/18, 06:47

A Thai court ruled Tuesday that a soccer player who holds refugee status in Australia can be held for 60 days pending the completion of an extradition request by Bahrain, the homeland he fled four years ago on account of alleged political persecution and torture.Hakeem al-Araibi, who was detained Nov. ...

FIFA supports case of detained Bahraini soccer player

Soccer 12/06/18, 17:58

FIFA says it wants a soccer player who has refugee status in Australia to return to the country "at the earliest possible moment" rather than be extradited from Thailand to Bahrain.Former Bahrain international Hakeem Al-Araibi was detained at Bangkok airport last week. An Interpol warrant for his arrest was issued ...

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