Qatar detains Kuwaiti goalkeeper at Doha airport

Kuwait's goalkeeper Nawaf Al Khaldi reacts on the pitch after their loss to UAE in their Gulf Cup Tournament semi-final soccer match in Isa Town, January 15, 2013. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad (BAHRAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) - GM1E91G00TI01

Kuwaiti goalkeeper, Nawaf al-Khaldi, was detained by security personnel at Doha’s Hamad International Airport on Tuesday.

In a video posted on Twitter, Khaldi said his mobile phone, along with all his electronic devices, were seized, and he was not allowed to contact anyone: neither his parents or family, nor the Kuwaiti embassy.

“They assaulted me in Qatar’s airport and took my phones and prevented me from contacting the embassy. I was expecting my Qatari brothers to condemn what I have been subjected to in their country instead of reprimanding me,” he said.

Khaldi’s lawyer Hussain al-Asfour told Al Arabiya on Wednesday that “the incident will not pass”, noting that Khaldi is very distant from politics, and what happened at the airport distorts his reputation.

He added that Khaldi is well-known for respecting laws, to the extent that he never even committed any traffic violations in Qatar.

According to Asfour, Khaldi always visits Qatar because he has relatives and friends there.

Earlier, Asfour said in a statement: “What happened with Captain Nawaf al-Khaldi in Doha’s airport will not pass and we will take all the (necessary) legal procedure to (restore his reputation) after the arbitrariness he was subjected to in Hamad International Airport as he was unjustly detained upon (the orders) of an influential figure who misused his authority in Qatar.”

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