French player Belounis to leave Qatar - brother

JULIEN PRETOT
Last updated 03:25 28/11/2013

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Zahir Belounis, the French footballer who claimed he had been prevented from leaving Qatar, has received his exit visa and will arrive in Paris tomorrow, his brother said today.

"He received the visa this morning and he has booked his flight. He will land at Charles de Gaulle airport tomorrow night. It's the end of a long wait," Mahdi Belounis told Reuters by telephone.

Mahdi Belounis and the world players' union FIFPro said Zahir Belounis was stranded in Qatar, with his wife and two daughters, and being denied an exit visa until he agreed to drop a legal case against his former club, Al-Jaish, over his claim of almost two years unpaid wages.

"I don't think it's just a coincidence that it happens the day after FIFPro said they were going to Qatar to get him," Mahdi Belounis said.

"But we should not forget that other players are still trapped in Qatar."

FIFPro said yesterday they were sending a delegation to Qatar to meet Zahir Belounis.

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- Reuters

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