FIFA wants details on detained Bahrain players
Friday, June 24, 2011
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA says it wants Bahrain soccer officials to give details of cases involving players detained during political protests.
The Gulf kingdom facing investigation for government interference. Bahrain authorities reportedly sentenced national team player Mohammed Hubail to two years in prison on Thursday.
Star player Alaa Hubail also went on trial for allegedly taking part in anti-government demonstrations.
FIFA says it has received "no specific official information" about their cases since contacting the Bahrain Football Association in May.
FIFA can suspend countries whose politicians meddle in soccer's affairs.
Bahrain's soccer president, Sheik Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, is a royal family member.