Foster: Al-Araibi situation now an absolute emergency

first_imgAfter meeting with FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura on Monday, Craig Foster has declared the plight of Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi ‘an absolute emergency’.The professional footballer has been detained in Thailand over the past two months and faces deportation back to Bahrain where he will likely be imprisoned and possibly tortured, according to Amnesty International, for speaking out against the royal family. Foster has led the push to see Al-Araibi released and is putting increasing pressure on FIFA to act swiftly after Bahrain submitted official documents for his extradition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “This matter has become an absolute emergency,” Foster said. “We want it to be resolved this week – before Friday.”Armed with a petition boasting more than 50,000 signatures, Foster left his meeting with FIFA with some optimism but stressed the situation is a timely one. “It was a good outcome and we have got FIFA to escalate the issue and to acknowledge it is now an emergency,” he told AAP.”FIFA have agreed that the next step is to articulate that all the attention has been on Thailand and Bahrain have been left aside unfairly.”I can only thank FIFA for agreeing to meet us.”In true Aussie fashion we rocked up on their doorstep and they gave us their time, and for that, we are very grateful.”Given the actions of Bahrain this morning, there really is no time to lose and we want it to be resolved this week, before Friday.”— Craig Foster (@Craig_Foster) January 28, 2019Foster recently hit out at AFC president Sheikh Salman for his lack of action on the matter declaring him ‘morally bankrupt’.last_img

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