Iraq appeals to Bahrain for footballer’s release
The president of Iraq’s Football Association says the country is
appealing with Bahraini authorities to release an Iraqi player who
was detained during anti-government protests in the Gulf
Najeh Hamoud says Iraq is trying to ”secure the release” of
Zulfiqar Naji, a 16-year-old player on the junior team for Bahraini
club Al Muharraq.
The player’s father, Abdulameer Naji, says his son was taken
into custody from their Bahrain home in April on suspicion of
participating in protests.
At least three players for Bahrain’s national team have been
detained during months of political turmoil. One of them was
sentenced to two years in prison.
Last week, Bahrain’s football officials assured FIFA that
national team players haven’t been disciplined during the