Bahrain player sentenced for protesting

Updated: June 23, 2011, 2:26 PM ET
Associated Press

MANAMA, Bahrain -- Bahrain's main opposition party says one of the detained national team players has been convicted of participating in anti-government protests and sentenced to two years in prison.

Al Wefaq party says in a statement that Mohammed Hubail was convicted and sentenced on Thursday during closed-door proceedings in Bahrain's special security court. The court was set up under martial law imposed in March to quell Shiite-led demonstrations against a Sunni monarchy.

At least two of his teammates, including Hubail's brother and Bahrain soccer star Alaa, have been in custody since the crackdown began.

More than 150 athletes, coaches and referees have also been suspended for their alleged involvement in protests.

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