Former Newcastle Jets player Andy Brennan has revealed he is gay, becoming what is thought to be the first Australian professional footballer to come out.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called on his Thai counterpart to release a refugee footballer held for more than two months on an extradition request from Bahrain.
The International Olympic Committee on Saturday joined in the chorus of support for a footballer with refugee status who has been detained in Thailand for nearly two months over his alleged role in Bahrain's Arab Spring protests.
A former Bahrain national footballer with Australian refugee status must remain in detention, a Thai courtÂ ordered Tuesday, as campaigners feared he could be "tortured" if extradited to the Gulf state.
A former Bahrain national footballer held in Thailand on an extradition request and who has refugee status in Australia should be allowed to return home, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Sunday.
A Thai court is considering a request by Bahrain to extradite an ex-national team footballer, the kingdom's immigration chief said Friday, as FIFA threw its support behind a return to Australia where he has refugee status.