Saudi Arabia soccer team fail to line up for minute’s silence in tribute to victims of the London Bridge terror attack. Fans were left outraged at the display ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Australia in Adelaide.
Moments before kick-off, the stadium announcer called for a minute of silence, which led to the Australian players moving to the middle of the field and having their arms linked in formation. But the Saudis appeared to be unperturbed as they stood in a random formation throughout the entire minute of silence. Several Saudi players stood with their arms folded, while a number of them even continued to warm up during the silence.
According to multiple reports from Australia, Saudi’s substitute bench also failed to stand up and pay their respects during the minute of silence. Predictably, this sent Twitter into complete overdrive.
In an attack lasting little over eight minutes, the terrorist gang screaming “This is for Allah!”, launched their rampage, stabbing and slashing at innocent victims with 12 inch blades.
The Soccer Federation of Australia wanted to pay their respects to the fallen in London, who included two Australian nationals. As it was a World Cup qualifier, any planned tributes have to be cleared by Fifa before they are held, usually in the knowledge of both teams competing.
Australian soccer fans on social media were furious however, and lashed out against the team.
“I hope Fifa call out Saudi Arabia on the clear lack of respect shown prior to kick-off,” wrote one user. “Not participating in the minute’s silence is disgusting.” Another fan wrote: “Minute’s silence for London terror [victims], Saudi players wandering around like they don’t give a f***. Saudi fans shouting the whole time.”