Adnan Hamad was detained at Melbourne's airport despite having a visa to enter the country.
Adnan Hamad was detained at Melbourne's airport despite having a visa to enter the country.
Osama Faisal/AP

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has apologized to Jordan's ambassador after the country's football coach was detained by customs officials at Melbourne's international airport for about four hours despite having a valid visa.

Adnan Hamad was stopped at customs on Thursday after arriving from New Zealand, where the team had been training ahead of its World Cup qualifying match Tuesday in Melbourne against Australia.

Jordan's football association said it "strongly rejected'' the action and it would seek an official clarification from Football Federation Australia.

A spokeswoman for the immigration department said Hamad was required to confirm his immigration status, but declined to give further details.

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