AFC Statement on Hakeem Al Araibi

Saturday, January 26, 2019
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Abu Dhabi: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) continues to work with FIFA, the global governing body, on the matter of the detention of Hakeem Al Araibi in Thailand to find a solution. 

AFC Senior Vice President Praful Patel and the AFC Administration are in contact with FIFA and coordinating the AFC's work with not only FIFA, but other stakeholders such as the Bahrain Football Association, Football Federation Australia and Football Association of Thailand. 

Mr Patel was asked 18 months ago by the AFC Executive Committee to handle matters involving the AFC's West Zone to ensure there were no accusations of a conflict of interest involving AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.