Detained footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi is reportedly set to return to Australia after a Thai court has ruled the extradition case against him had been dropped.

The director-general of international affairs for the Thai Government confirmed the case had been dropped by Bahrain and the Melbourne based refugee is set to return to Australia tonight.

Mr Al-Araibi was detained for more than two months in Thailand for alleged crimes in his home nation Bahrain to which the 25-year-old denies.

Mr Al-Araibi was sentenced to ten years prison in Bahrain before finding refuge in Australia.

The Pascoe Vale player will return to his club ahead of the new season.

More to come.

Athos Sirianos