A refugee footballer who fled Bahrain and was held in a Thai prison for months has condemned Australia's support for the re-election of Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa.
Australia's players union also denounced the decision to back Sheikh Salman, who was criticised for his inaction during Hakeem al-Araibi's detention after he was arrested and imprisoned due to an Interpol notice issued at Bahrain's request.
Markus Babbel has broadened his criticism at losing three players to the Olyroos program, describing it as a disaster for Western Sydney Wanderers and detrimental to Australian football.
The Wanderers will be without midfielder Keanu Baccus, attacker Abraham Majok and defender Tass Mourdoukoutas for Sunday's A-League match against Wellington because they are attending a week-long camp for the Australian under-23 team in Kuala Lumpur.
Babbel believes club coaches will become increasingly reluctant...