Asylum escape finishes Afghan team

April 20, 2004
KABUL, April 20 (Reuters) - Afghanistan has disbanded its national soccer team after nine players disappeared from a training camp in Italy last week, an official said on Tuesday.

Six of the players have been arrested in Germany, where they sought asylum, and Italy has promised to hand them over to Afghan authorities soon, the official said, adding they would be punished for 'damaging Afghans' honour'.

'We have scrapped the team and plan to bring in new players instead after ...

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