Saudi Arabia Football Team Accused Of Disrespecting Minute's Silence For London Terror Attack Victims
The Saudi Arabia national football team are receiving plenty of backlash after appearing to disrespect a one minute silence for the victims of the London terror attack.
Eight people were killed and 48 were injured when three men mowed down pedestrians in a van on London Bridge and then proceeded to stab people in the Borough Market area.
Today in Adelaide, a minute silence was called by the stadium announcer prior to Australia's 3-2 World Cup qualifier win over Saudi Arabia, but the latter team have been embroiled in controversy after they were spotted failing to follow their opponents in lining up and linking to honour those that lost their lives in London on 3 June.
You can see the incident here:
Two Australians were among the victims in Saturday's atrocities, and along with supporters in attendance, the Socceroos starting XI and subs bench remembered those by observing a minute's silence.
However, the opposition side seemed to have proceeded with their warm-up routines and it's caused quite a stir on social media:
Australia stand alone for minute's silence for Aussie victims of London terror attack. Saudi Arabia players refuse to be part of it. pic.twitter.com/3gCjMmwZV2
- talkingbaws (@talkingbaws) June 8, 2017
Saudi Arabia said they don't want to do the one minute silence for the awful attack that happened in Manchester.
So Australia did it only. pic.twitter.com/lfAxMqwuck
- :soccer:Sam:soccer: (@Special1JoseM) June 8, 2017
Earlier, Australia played Saudi Arabia in a World Cup qualifier.
A minutes silence was held for London.
This is the Saudi team :point_down: pic.twitter.com/mBdw1z24Gy
- Dangerous Attack Bet (@dangerousattack) June 8, 2017
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Well observed minute silence from the Saudi's... #AUSvKSA pic.twitter.com/hyfpLQsDZj
- Damon Burley (@damonburley) June 8, 2017
I hope FFA call out Saudi Arabia on the clear lack of respect shown prior to KO. Not participating in the minutes silence is disgusting.
- PG3_12 (@PG3_12) June 8, 2017
#SaudiArabia today refused to line up for a minute's silence to respect the victims of the London Bridge attacks... Well done #Australia pic.twitter.com/J2swmb4iU6
- My Racing Diary (@MyRacingDiary) June 8, 2017
Here is the Saudi Arabia team refusing to take part in a minutes silence with Australia for the victims of the Australian & London attacks. pic.twitter.com/r13ak9OeY2
- 父No More父 (@WestHamMatters) June 8, 2017
Any reason why Saudi Arabia weren't lined up in the centre circle for minutes silence? Appeared disrespectful. #AUSvKSA
- Sacha Pisani (@Sachk0) June 8, 2017
Saudi Arabia refused to stand for a minute silence for the victims of the Manchester attack pic.twitter.com/bSKWgdJD0R
- Zavier (@zadnx) June 8, 2017
The Telegraph reports that Australian supporters at the Adelaide Oval booed the visiting players for their failure to line up alongside one another.
Australia went on to win the game 3-2, with this stunning strike from Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic proving to be the difference:
As a result of the crucial victory, Australia moved level on points with today's opponents Saudi Arabia in second place, as well as first-placed Japan on 16 points.
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