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SBD Global/June 7, 2013/International Football
Jordan Seeks Explanation After Coach Detained At Melbourne Airport Prior To Qualifier
Published June 7, 2013
WAITING FOR A RIDE: In Sydney, Michael Lynch reported FFA officials "are bemused by claims" from Jordan that no Australian representatives were there to meet them at the Melbourne airport. FFA sources said that "far from ignoring the plight of the Iraqi-born coach, they secured the intervention of Sports Minister Kate Lundy to expedite his immigration clearance." One insider said that the organization's staffers "were in the arrivals area waiting for the team and officials to clear customs and were not allowed into the customs area." Security and buses "were waiting for the Jordanians to take them to their hotel" (THE AGE, 6/6).