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He was finally freed in June after his brother, a judge in Libya, pulled strings with one of Gaddafi's senior officers.
O'Sullivan, too, had visa issues on arrival - but he is a huge draw in China and officials pulled strings to gain him entry.
Alex McLeish's Birmingham were the latest side to heap more misery on the champions - but it was fellow Scot Barry Ferguson who pulled strings at St Andrews as Lee Bowyer sunk Chelsea with a 17th minute strike.
They pulled strings to get posted here because they wanted to stay at ease in the capital," said a senior police officer involved in preparing the report, on condition of anonymity.
Or is it that since it's difficult to foresee India-Pakistan contests on the cricket field in the foreseeable future, somebody has pulled strings somewhere to make the box office hits happen on the 'neutral' grounds of Guangzhou?

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