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ZURICH (AP) — 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 team player has refugee status in Australia and fears being tortured in his home country.“This matter has become an absolute emergency Soccer Uniforms Wholesale ,” Foster said after meeting with FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura. “We want it to be resolved this week, before Friday.”FIFA President Gianni Infantino will join Asian soccer leaders at the end of the week for the Asian Cup final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.FIFA agreed with al-Araibi’s supporters, Foster said, that they need to increase contacts with government and soccer officials in Bahrain and Thailand, “and of course the royal family of Bahrain.”Samoura has written in support of al-Araibi to Thailand’s prime minister , Prayuth Chan-ocha. The Asian Football Confederation’s president is Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain.“We believe he (al-Araibi) is a political prisoner having criticized members of the Bahraini royal family in recent years,” said Foster, a television analyst and former players’ union official in Australia. “This is ultimately what this is all about.”Al-Araibi has been jailed since November in Thailand — where he arrived with his wife on vacation — on an Interpol notice wrongfully requested by Bahrain because he is a recognized refugee.Human rights groups believe Al-Araibi risks being tortured in Bahrain, which he fled in 2014. That year, he was sentenced in absence to 10 years imprisonment on a charge he denies of vandalizing a police station.Al-Araibi has claimed he was targeted for arrest because of his Shiite faith and because his brother was politically active. Bahrain is ruled by a Sunni monarchy which survived a failed uprising in the “Arab Spring” protests in 2011.Australia gave him political asylum in 2017 and he now plays for the Pascoe Vale club in Melbourne.Foster, who visited Al-Araibi in a Bangkok prison last week Cheap Egypt Soccer Jerseys , was joined at FIFA by another Australian, Brendan Schwab. He is the executive director of the World Players’ Association, which represents 85,000 athletes across all sports.“The FIFA human rights framework that has been put in place in recent years is, we believe, the benchmark for the rest of sport Cheap England Soccer Shirts ,” Schwab said. “It’s something we want to see upheld as an example.”The Asian soccer body has said Sheikh Salman recused himself from the case to avoid a conflict of interest. It has not formally supported FIFA’s call for al-Araibi to return to Australia.Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein, who competed against Infantino and Sheikh Salman in the 2016 election, has supported the player.“Release Hakeem!” the Jordanian prince wrote Sunday on his Twitter account. “Your silence as officials is a shame and a total embarrassment. Protect your players.” ROME (AP) — Roma beat relegation-threatened Bologna 2-1 in Serie A on Monday to stay firmly in the race for a Champions League place, but the victory was far from convincing.Each goal was scored in the second half, with Aleksandar Kolarov scoring a penalty and Federico Fazio doubling the lead for Roma before Bologna pulled one back through Nicola Sansone.Roma moved back to within one point of AC Milan, which occupies the fourth and final Champions League qualifying spot. It is also three points clear of Atalanta and city rival Lazio Cheap France Soccer Jerseys , which both lost during the weekend.Bologna remained in the bottom three, three points from safety.Roma struggled in the first half and had goalkeeper Robin Olsen to thank for keeping the scoreline goalless, while Bologna midfielder Roberto Soriano also hit the crossbar on the stroke of halftime.But Roma broke the deadlock 10 minutes after the break when Filip Helander bundled over Stephan El Shaarawy in the area and Kolarov fired the resulting spot kick into the bottom right corner.Fazio doubled Roma’s lead in the 73rd minute after a corner had been nodded on by Daniele De Rossi.Bologna set up a tense final six minutes when Sansone cut in from the left and skipped past several defenders before curling into the bottom right corner.
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