In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, prison guards escort Bahraini football player Hakeem al-Araibi from a court in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP /Gemunu Amarasinghe/File)
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Thailand officially received a request from Bahrain to extradite a detained football player who has refugee status in Australia.Bahrain's request for the extradition of Hakeem al-Araibi was received Monday and forwarded to prosecutors for deliberation, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Busadee Santipitaks said Tuesday. Former Australia captain Craig Foster said Monday at FIFA headquarters that Bahrain's formal request made Araibi's plight an emergency.Araibi has alleged he was blindfolded and had his legs beaten while he was held in Bahrain in 2012 .
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