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Craig Foster – the man behind Hakeem al-Araibi’s remarkable release

Hailed for mobilising the global football family, the SBS commentator now says ‘we are just warming up’On 7 December, 10 days after the Australian refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi was arrested at Bangkok airport, the former Socceroos captain Craig F…

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He’s free, but who’s to blame for Hakeem al-Araibi’s ordeal?

Campaigners examine whether the failings of Interpol, Australian police, the world’s footballing bodies and Thai authorities allowed the refugee athlete to fall into Bahrain’s webAs Hakeem al-Araibi settles back into his life in Melbourne after 76 days…

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Hakeem al-Araibi arrives home in Melbourne – video

Former Socceroo Craig Foster welcomes home refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi at Melbourne airport, where he is greeted by an enthusiastic throng. Al-Araibi was released from prison in Bangkok after a Thai court dropped Bahrain’s deportation case…

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Hakeem al-Araibi arrives in Australia to hero’s welcome

Wife of refugee thanks supporters for helping to secure his release as family call on Bahrain to ‘drop all the fabricated charges’Hakeem al-Araibi arrived in Melbourne on Tuesday, 77 days after he was arrested in Thailand on an Interpol red notice, dra…

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Bowling coach David Saker quits in latest Australian cricket shakeup

Saker leaves ‘in best interests of team’Troy Cooley takes over for tours to India and PakistanThe winds of change continue to blow through the Australian men’s cricket team after assistant coach David Saker tendered his resignation on Thursday, effecti…

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Hakeem al-Araibi: FFA cancels team trip to Thailand in support of refugee footballer

In first instance of sporting sanctions, Australia’s Under-23s Olyroos training trip cancelled amid outrage over Al-Araibi’s detention and extradition trialFootball Federation Australia has cancelled a planned Under-23s training trip to Thailand in the…

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Darren Weir banned for four years after discovery of ‘jiggers’

Australia’s top trainer does not contest charges‘It is sad it has come to this,’ judge says at hearingDarren Weir has been disqualified for four years after the Melbourne Cup-winning trainer did not contest charges of possessing electronic apparatus us…

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Australia urges Thailand to use its powers to free Hakeem al-Araibi

Request comes as Thai prosecutor confirms country’s attorney general has authority to override court processThe Australian government has renewed demands for the release of Hakeem al-Araibi after the Thai prosecutor publicly confirmed the government ha…

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Hakeem al-Araibi faces further 60 days in Thai jail after extradition hearing

Refugee footballer arrived shackled and barefoot for hearing on Bahrain extradition requestRefugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi has been given 60 days to prepare a defence against Bahrain’s attempt to extradite him from Thailand.The 25-year-old will rem…

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FFA vice chair Heather Reid to step down for ‘indefinite leave’

Veteran football administrator and to step down this weekPioneer of women’s game reportedly cites personal reasonsFootball Federation Australia board member and vice chair Heather Reid has temporarily stood down, as the fallout from the sacking of Mati…

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Hakeem al-Araibi’s wife begs Canada and NZ for help and says ‘time is running out’

Exclusive: Wife of Bahraini refugee asks leaders to pressure Thai authorities to release her husband“Time is running out” for Hakeem al-Araibi, his wife has written in letters to the leaders of Canada and New Zealand, pleading with them for help to see…

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Campaigners say case of Bahraini player Hakeem al-Araibi now an ‘emergency’

• Al-Araibi has been detained in Thailand since November• ‘We are clearly facing a human rights emergency’Activists campaigning for the release of the Bahraini national team footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who has been detained in Thailand since November …

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Hakeem al-Araibi’s detention not Sheikh Salman’s responsibility, AFC says

Asian Football Confederation, which has come under fire for failing to call for the refugee footballer’s release, says its president was recused from overseeing the region 18 months ago The Asian Football Confederation claims its president, Sheikh Salm…

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Naomi Osaka wins Australian Open final to seal back-to-back grand slams

Osaka beats Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2) 5-7 6-4Latest updates: follow all the reaction in Australia – live!This time the tears were of joy. Tennis already had a star in Naomi Osaka; now it has a superstar. After squandering three match points at 5-3 in the s…

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Sister of Socceroos forward Awer Mabil killed in car crash

Tragedy happened when footballer was playing in the Asian Cup being held in United Arab EmiratesThe sister of Socceroos forward Awer Mabil has been killed in a car accident in Adelaide while he was playing in the Asian Cup in Abu Dhabi.Bor Mabil, 19, d…

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Call for Fifa’s Salman al-Khalifa to step down if Hakeem al-Araibi is not freed

World Players Association questions why there has been no statement from the football body’s vice-president Sheikh Salman al-Khalifa should be disqualified from his positions as vice-president of Fifa and president of the Asian Football Confederation (…

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Fifa urges Thailand to release Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi

• Fifa says Araibi ‘at risk of mistreatment in his home country’• Araibi was arrested in Thailand on 27 NovemberFifa has urged Thailand’s government to immediately release the Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who has been held in a Bangkok prison …

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‘Please help me’: refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi tells of his Thai jail ordeal

Exclusive: In an interview with the Guardian he pleads for his release and says he fears torture and jail if extradited to BahrainHakeem al-Araibi, the refugee footballer from Bahrain who was detained in Thailand while on his honeymoon, has said he is …

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FFA remains tightlipped over Alen Stajcic despite Matildas’ show of support

CEO David Gallop meets with senior players Majority of squad show support for sacked coachSenior members of the Matildas have met with David Gallop after expressing their disappointment at coach Alen Stajcic’s sacking, but Football Federation Australia…

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Ellyse Perry scales final frontier with dominant WBBL batting form | Lisa Sthalekar

The Australian has raised the bar and set a new standard during a record-breaking seasonOne might forgive Ellyse Perry if she were content with what she has already achieved in her career, all before the age of 30. She is a World Cup winner, not once b…