VIDEO: Saudi Arabia football team refuse to observe minute’s silence for London victims


Saudi football players were booed by the fans after they ignore the one minute silence

Minute's silence begins as Saudi Arabia football team refuse to participate (AFC/Youtube)
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Friday 9 June 2017 14:33 UTC

During a match against Australia, the Saudi Arabian football team on Thursday failed to line up and observe a minute’s silence in honour of victims of last weekend's London Bridge terror attack.

Saudi Arabia met Australia for a World Cup qualifier at the Adelaide Oval stadium in South Australia. The two teams were preparing for kick off when the announcement was made for a minute’s silence to take place.

Images from the match show a single player from the Saudi team, Salman al-Faraj, seemingly standing for the silence, with his hands behind his back. 

At the end of the minute, Australian fans loudly booed the Saudi team as they ignored the show of respect from the other team.   

Two young Australian women, Sara Zelenak and Kirsty Boden, were victims in the London attack that left eight people dead.

Fox Sports presenter Adam Peacock stated that the Asian Football Confederation pre-approved the minute’s silence but Saudi officials declined to participate. 

But Peacock added that the Saudi players were standing still during the minute, just not in a line, apart from team captain Osama Hawsawi, who continued to stretch and warm up.

Social media users took to twitter to express their anger

Oh and by the way, Saudi lost 3-2.