'Nightmare over' for refugee footballer

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Al-Araibi is expected to be greeted by a crowd of supporters, including his football team, Pascoe Vale FC upon his return to Melbourne on Tuesday afternoon.

The footballer's wife told the BBC she was deeply thankful for the lobbying efforts of the Australian government and public, and the international football community. "I have had a smile all the time on my face and I can't stop crying - I am just so happy," said the 24-year-old, who does not wish to be named.

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Craig Foster, a former Australian soccer international who led the campaign to free al-Araibi, expressed his "deepest gratitude" on Twitter. He is a free man," said Chatchom Akapin, an official in the Thai Attorney General's office.

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The Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi is set to return to Australia after Thai authorities withdrew an extradition case against him.

Al-Araibi has spent more than 70 days in detention, as an international scandal developed and Bahrain stood firm in its allegations against al-Araibi and denial of all accusations of human rights abuses. Australia repeatedly demanded his return, and as pressure increased on Thailand its foreign ministry released a statement last week saying it held no responsibility for the situation and the two nations had to sort it out between themselves.

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A football player and refugee whose detention in Thailand sparked an outcry will be freed after Bahrain withdrew its extradition request, officials say.

The Australian government, Fifa and the International Olympic Committee all lobbied Thailand. Thailand's Office of the Attorney General (OAG) asked the court to end proceedings against Al-Araibi because Bahrain had said it no longer wanted him, officials told BBC Thai on Monday.

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