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The Plight of a Bahraini Soccer Player Highlights the Connection of State and Sport

Tolga Ozyurtcu
Board of Contributors
Feb 11, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Soccer player Hakeem al-Araibi, who is facing extradition from Thailand to Bahrain, arrives for a court hearing in Bangkok on Feb. 4, 2019.

Soccer player Hakeem al-Araibi is facing extradition from Thailand to Bahrain. On Feb. 4, a Bangkok court gave al-Araibi, who has refugee status in Australia, 60 days to prepare a defense against extradition.

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If the extradition case of Hakeem al-Araibi prompts sports fans to scrutinize FIFA and other governing bodies, they'll find no shortage of individuals connected with national governments....

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