THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

15 November ~ Bahrain's World Cup qualifying campaign has been hampered by the absence of the national team's all-time top scorer, Ala’a Hubail. He is not missing through injury, however. Hubail was arrested during democracy protests in April and has since gone into exile. Other sportsmen are said to be among those to have been imprisoned and tortured during the regime's crackdown on dissent. As this recent ESPN report discovered, Bahrain's new national coach, Peter Taylor, wasn't able to offer any comment about Hubail – as he'd never heard of him.

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