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Fighting for Hakeem

Fighting for Hakeem (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Foster, Craig
By Engel-Mallon, Alex

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Football is the world game. It unites. At a grassroots level it creates communities and, in 2019, those communities helped save the life of one of its own. In 2012, Hakeem al-Araibi was a promising young player on Bahrain's national football team when he was arrested for attackin...g a police station during the Arab Spring, despite television footage showing him playing soccer at the time of the alleged attack. After three months of torture and wrongful imprisonment, Hakeem was released. He fled the country and made his way to Australia, where he was granted refugee status. Hakeem made a life here and was playing for the suburban Pascoe Vale Football Club, in Melbourne. He thought he was safe. But, in November 2018, on a holiday to Thailand with his wife, Hakeem was again arrested. The Bahraini government wanted to extradite him to face a ten-year jail sentence, or worse. What happened next shows the best of what soccer can do, and the worst the governing body of FIFA brings. If it wasn't for the Australian soccer community and former Socceroo Craig Foster, Hakeem may never have been freed. This powerful memoir reveals how a local soccer legend fought tirelessly to help bring a man he'd never met home. From Pascoe Vale to Switzerland, Canberra to Thailand, Foster raised his voice and tens of thousands of Australians were galvanised to #FreeHakeem. He lobbied FIFA and the United Nations, worked with World Players United, FIFPro, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network to enable Hakeem's safe return to his wife in Australia. Despite being from different backgrounds, religions and generations, Craig Foster and Hakeem al-Araibi are united forever through their love of the world game and their fight for freedom.
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ISBN 9780733643163
Published NZ 29 Oct 2019
Publisher Hachette
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
999 In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays

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ISBN-13 9780733643163
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher Hachette
Imprint Hachette Australia
Published 29 Oct 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Foster, Craig
By Engel-Mallon, Alex
Category Biography & Autobiography: Sport
Social Law
Sports Governing Bodies
Football (Soccer, Association Football)
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 34mm
Dewey Code 796.334092
Weight 460g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Soccer players - Crimes against - Bahrain, Soccer players - Crimes against - Australia, Judicial error - Bahrain, Human rights - Australia, Human rights - Bahrain
NBS Text Biography: Sport
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly