Mohamed Hubail, a member of the selection of Bahraini football, was sentenced to two years in prison for involvement in anti-government protests, the Western media reported quoting the statement of opposition Vefak on Friday.
Last February, the Shiites, who constitute 75% of the population of Bahrain, launched protest actions against the Sunni political authorities of the country. Clashes between police and protesters were about thirty people dead and hundreds injured. Eight opponents arrested during the demonstrations were subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment.
Mohamed’s brother, A’ala, remains in jail pending a hearing before the court. The brothers played for the club Al-Ahli, based in the capital, Manama. Mohammed, 29, played 58 games for the national team where he scored 5 goals. His younger brother, A’ala, 28, scored 24 goals in 68 international matches.
More than 150 footballers, coaches and referees are suspected of involvement in anti-government protests in Bahrain.