Posted: Monday April 18, 2011 11:04 AM

AP source: Bahrain cracks down on athletes

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A senior sports official in Bahrain says 150 athletes, coaches and referees have been suspended from their local clubs as part of a wide-ranging crackdown on anti-government dissent.

The official tells The Associated Press a committee was formed last week to examine the role athletes played in the protests that began Feb. 14.

The official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

The official says the 150 suspended as of Sunday do not include any Olympic athletes and are mostly from local basketball, handball and soccer clubs. They include four members of the national soccer team who are all Shiite - brothers Alaa Hubail and Mohammed Hubail, Abbas Ayaad and Mohamad Sayed Adnan.
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