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Hakeem al-Araibi arrives back in Australia after being released from Thai prison

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi thanked Australians on his return home on Tuesday, hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and more than two months after he was detained in Thailand.

Hundreds of supporters carrying welcome signs and singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" were waiting at Melbourne Airport when Al-Araibi arrived on a commercial flight direct from Bangkok.

"I would like to say thanks to Australia," Al-Araibi told the cheering crowd. "It's amazing to see all of the...

FFA cancels Olyroos training camp in Thailand in support of Hakeem al-Araibi

Hakeem Al-Araibi
Hakeem al-Araibi has been given 60 days to prepare a defence against Bahrain's attempt to extradite him from Thailand.

An Olyroos training camp and game in Thailand has been scrapped as Football Federation Australia takes a stand against the nation's ongoing detention of refugee soccer player Hakeem al-Araibi.

FFA on Wednesday cancelled a trip to Bangkok which was scheduled as part of a proposed pre-AFC Under-23 Championship qualifiers camp.

The decision was made in consultation with Socceroos and Australia U23 team coach Graham Arnold after his return from the Asian Cup.

"We reassessed our plans due to the ongoing...

Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi could be extradited by Thailand amid protests

Thai prosecutors submitted a request in court Friday for Thailand to extradite to Bahrain a detained football 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 he risks torture if he is sent back. Bahrain wants him returned to serve a 10-year prison sentence he received in absentia in 2014 for vandalising a police station, which he denies.

The...

PSG chairman Al-Khelaifi joining UEFA executive committee despite FFP probe

Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi is set to join the UEFA executive committee, despite the French club being under financial investigation and the Qatari himself being embroiled in criminal proceedings.

Al-Khelaifi was elected Wednesday by the European Club Association board to be one of its two delegates on UEFA's main policy-making panel. His position on the executive committee still has to be ratified next week by the UEFA Congress in Rome, a decision that could test the organisation's...

Ex-Australia captain Craig Foster to meet FIFA on Hakeem al-Araibi case

Former Socceroos captain Craig Foster will meet with world body FIFA armed with more than 50,000 petition signatures demanding the release of detained football player Hakeem al-Araibi.

Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) representative Foster will hold talks with FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura at the world body's Zurich headquarters on Monday night in his campaign to secure Hakeem's release from a Thai prison. Al-Araibi has been detained in Bangkok for the past two months while the Bahrain...

FIFA asks Thai government to release former Bahrain footballer Al-Araibi

The Thai government has been asked by FIFA's leadership to release a Bahraini football player who is in detention while embroiled in extradition proceedings despite having refugee status in Australia.

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura called for an urgent "humane outcome" to the case of Hakeem al-Araibi, who lives in Melbourne but was arrested while on vacation in Thailand last month on an Interpol notice.

The Australian government has also called for Al Araibi to be returned to his country of...