MORE than a dozen sportsmen and officials were sacked yesterday by their respective clubs for their participation in the recent demonstrations around the Kingdom. In a statement issued by Al Ahli Club, national soccer team striker Ala'a Hubail and his brother Mohammed are expelled from the clubs' soccer squad.
The decision was taken after a Bahrain TV programme showed the brothers among anti-government demonstrators.
The Hubail brothers were key members of the Bahrain national team in the recent past, guiding the Kingdom to victories in several regional and international competitions.
Their most inspiring moments were in the 2004 Asian Cup in Beijing where they led the squad into the semi-finals where they lost to champions Japan 3-4 in extra-time.
Ala'a was the most inspiring figure for both Al Ahli Club and the national team. Known in Bahrain as the 'Golden Boy', Ala'a became the first Bahraini to win the 'Golden Boot' award after scoring five goals during the Beijing Asian Cup.