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national side have been detained and six clubs have withdrawn from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.