This video says about itself:
E:60 – Taken / Athletes of Bahrain
8 November 2011
Produced by Yaron Deskalo of ESPN. Filmed and Edited by Evolve Digital Cinema.
What if a country’s biggest athlete, a legend, a hero, a player who brought the nation some of its biggest sporting moments, was at practice one day and was suddenly taken into custody by masked men? What if he was held for months, tortured, his career ended, banned from his team and for playing for his country, all because he expressed his political views? It’s not a storyline from a Hollywood script — that is what allegedly happened in Bahrain.
Specifically, it’s what Alaa Hubail says happened to him. Hubail is the most famous soccer player in Bahrain and says similar treatment was forced on his brother, Mohammad, also a member of Bahrain’s national soccer team; and to Anwar Al-Makki, Bahrain’s internationally ranked table-tennis champion. In a story largely ignored by the Western world, these athletes describe in detail the horrific torture they endured at the hands of their government — a government that is allied with the United States despite allegations of human rights abuses against pro-democracy protestors. E:60 goes to the Middle East for the first time to investigate how athletes were caught up in the clash of democracy, freedom, repression and politics. Jeremy Schaap reports.
From the International Business Times:
Sheikh Salman: Bahrain royal accused of ‘crimes against humanity’ favourite to replace Fifa’s Sepp Blatter
By Callum Paton
December 22, 2015 13:38 GMT
Fifa’s decision to immediately ban former president Sepp Blatter and Uefa president Michel Platini from football for eight years has renewed attention on Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa. President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Fifa presidential hopeful, the Bahraini royal is accused of crimes against humanity.
In the run up to February’s election for a Fifa president to replace Blatter, Salman is odds-on favourite at 6-5, ahead of Jordanian Prince Ali bin al-Hussein at 13-8, with UEFA’s general secretary Gianni Infantino 5-2, Reuters reported. Jerome Champagne is a 20-1 outsider, with South African Tokyo Sexwale at 25-1.
Blatter and Platini were found guilty of breaking Fifa’s code of conduct regarding a £1.3m ($2m) payment made to the Frenchman in 2011. Both have also received fines, with Blatter ordered to pay £33,700 and Platini £54,000. Defiant to the end, Blatter questioned his suspension saying he had become a punching bag.
Salman has been accused by local human rights groups in Bahrain and international organisations of crimes against humanity perpetrated during the country’s 2011 uprising which was put down with military help from Saudi Arabia.
In particular, Salman is alleged to have headed a committee which identified dissenting athletes and sports personalities in 2011 and then had them imprisoned and tortured.
The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) has said 150 athletes, coaches and referees were jailed as a result of Salman’s actions. It said at least six members of the Bahraini national team were “defamed and tortured following their public identification and humiliation by authorities, including the Bahrain Football Association.”
Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, Director of Advocacy at BIRD, said: “In attempting to get rid of its corruption crisis Fifa is now set to replace one allegedly corrupt official with another. Salman is accused of involvement in a campaign of abuse against athletes in Bahrain, something Fifa is aware of and has refused to investigate. Salman’s appointment would be absurd.”
Ken Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch has said Fifa will sink even lower than its nadir under Blatter if it elects Salman. “Can Fifa stoop any lower? Yes, if it selects as its head [a] Bahrain sheikh complicit in torture,” he said.
Bahrainis Hold 25 Peaceful Protests during 1st Week of December; 13 Citizens Arrested: here.
Indeed! If the Bahrani dictatorship is a military and economic ally of NATO etc. countries, then they probably would not mind a Bahraini torture prince at the helm of FIFA much.
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Wednesday 30th December 2015
BAHRAIN said yesterday that two of its soldiers had been killed during Yemeni incursions into Saudia Arabia, as Kuwait pledged to send troops to the border.
The military confirmed that captains Ahmed Mohammed Amin and Mubarak Saad al-Rumaihi were killed on Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen.
Meanwhile, Kuwait said it would send an artillery battalion to help protect its powerful southern neighbour from cross-border guerilla attacks.
The Saudi-led coalition of regional nations began a bombing campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels and allied military units in March in a bid to reinstall deposed president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
The bombing has killed thousands of civilians and brought Yemen to the brink of collapse and famine.
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Saturday 4th June 2016
posted by Morning Star in Sport
FIFA was rocked by yet another scandal yesterday after it was revealed that three former Fifa officials, including disgraced ex-president Sepp Blatter, conducted a “co-ordinated effort to enrich themselves” which cost the organisation more than £55 million in the last five years.
Football’s world governing body announced that Blatter, former secretary-general Jerome Valcke and former deputy secretary general Markus Kattner, who also served as Fifa’s chief financial officer, received the compensation awards from 2011 to 2015.
The disclosure came as part of an update into the investigation of wrongdoing at Fifa, which is being conducted by law firm Quinn Emanuel.
“The evidence appears to reveal a co-ordinated effort by three former top officials of Fifa to enrich themselves through annual salary increases, World Cup bonuses and other incentives totalling more than 79m Swiss francs — in just the last five years,” said Bill Burck, a partner at Quinn Emanuel.
Fifa made the announcement on the day Swiss authorities revealed the organisation’s headquarters were searched by law enforcement officials.
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland conducted the search and seized documents and electronic data as part of its probe, which initially began into the circumstances surrounding the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.