A small of number of noisy protesters on Friday opposed Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa’s bid to become the next president of the world football governing body, FIFA.
A member of the Bahraini royal family, Sheikh Salman has faced consistent criticism in the run up to the election over his alleged role in the aftermath of anti-government protests in Bahrain in 2011.
His opponents say the Sheikh did not do enough to prevent Bahraini athletes, including soccer stars from being arrested and detained for their involvement in the protests. Some of the athletes alleged they were tortured.
Salman, who was head of the Bahraini FA at the time, has also been accused of heading a committee which identified athletes who had taken part in the protests.
The 50-year-old has denied all the allegations.
But it wasn’t all gloomy outside the Hallenstadion where the FIFA elections took place. One man appeared at the venue wielding a banner which read ‘Make FIFA great again, vote Trump’.