Hakeem al-Araibi thanks Australia for support on arrival in Melbourne

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi has returned home to Australia following his release from a Thai jail.

He thanked supporters on arrival in Melbourne Airport on Tuesday.

The Bahraini national was detained for over two months in a Bangkok prison after he was arrested on an Interpol notice issued by Bahrain.

The Arab kingdom ended extradition attempts on Monday, following an international human rights campaign.