The Saudi Arabian soccer team refused to line up for a minute’s silence for the London terror victims on Thursday night because it is not in keeping with their culture.
A spokesman for Football Federation Australia explained they were told a minute of silence was ‘not in keeping with Saudi culture’ ahead of the match.
Fans were left outraged at the display ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Australia in Adelaide.
The Saudi Arabian soccer team failed to line up for a minute’s silence for the London terror victims on Thursday night
According to Adam Peacock, who works as a presenter for Fox Sports in Australia, the Asian Football Confederation approved the minute’s silence against the wishes of Saudi Arabia. He said.
The Football Federation of Australia were then unable to persuade Saudi Arabian officials to agree to participate in the tribute.
The international football governing body claimed it will not be taking any disciplinary action against the Saudi Arabian football team.
However it would be quite hypocritical for FIFA to take action against or condemn the acts of others. As FIFA is full of criminals who are there lining their own pockets, they could care less about decency, respect, and honesty. They could care less about any one but themselves, and what’s in it for them, and everyone know’s it.
Saudi Arabia however did respond, as the SAAF released a statement explaining and excusing the actions of their players.
Saudi Arabia Football Federation apology statement
The Saudi Arabian Football Federation deeply regrets and unreservedly apologises for any offence caused by the failure of some members of the representative team of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to formally observe the one minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the London terrorist attack on 3 June 2017, prior to the World Cup Qualifying match against Australia in Adelaide.
The players did not intend any disrespect to the memories of the victims or to cause upset to their families, friends or any individual affected by the atrocity.
The Saudi Arabian Football Federation condemns all acts of terrorism and extremism and extends its sincerest condolences to the families of all the victims and to the Government and people of the United Kingdom.