Saudi Apology After National Team Snub Minute’s Silence For London Victims (Full Story)
Saudi football chiefs have apologised after their national team elected not to take part in a minute’s silence for victims of the London Bridge attack.
Australian players linked arms as a sign of respect before Thursday’s World Cup qualifying match at Adelaide Oval.
Saudi players took up field positions and some continued to stretch.
Eight people were killed and 48 injured on Saturday when three men drove into pedestrians on London Bridge, before abandoning the vehicle and stabbing people in the surrounding area.
Two Australians, Kirsty Boden and Sara Zelenak, were among the eight victims of the terror attack.
Australian football officials said the Saudi team had agreed a minute’s silence could be held.
During the silence, as the Australian team lined up, Saudi players dispersed to take up their positions on the pitch. One player, number 7 Salman Al Faraj, appeared to stand still.
The Saudi Arabian Football Federation made an “unreserved” apology on Friday.
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