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 trial

Football Federation Australia has cancelled a planned Under-23s training trip to Thailand in the first instance of sporting sanctions being imposed against the Asian country amid growing calls for the release of refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi.

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold said Australian national teams stood with Al-Araibi, who faces a further two months in a Thai jail before discovering his fate. He is fighting an extradition order to send him back to Bahrain, where he fears he will be imprisoned and tortured, as he alleges occurred in 2012.

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