Bahrain players detained, clubs shut

The Bahrain Football Association says three players from the
national side have been detained and six clubs have withdrawn from
its domestic leagues following widespread, anti-government
protests.

However, the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights says the
clubs from mostly Shiite neighborhoods were suspended from the
league for two years and fined $20,000. Two of the clubs play in
the league’s top division and four in its second division.

The rights group says players Alaa and Mohammed Hubail and Ali
Saeed have been detained since April 5.

Authorities in Bahrain have cracked down heavily on dissent
since anti-government protests began Feb. 14. The unrest left 30
people dead, including four opposition supporters who died in
custody.