Saudi Arabia national soccer team snubs moment of silence for London victims

Rebecca Barbier
Junho 9, 2017

The match was held at the Adelaide Oval with a minute of silence to commemorate the eight victims of the London Bridge terror attack.

Fox Sports presenter Adam Peacock revealed on Twitter post-match that the minutes silence was approved pre-game by Asian Football Confederation Officials, but the request was refused by travelling Saudi team officials. As they did so, the Saudi Arabia team continued jogging, passing the ball between each other and taking their positions on the field.

Watch above, via the Daily Mirror.

Saudi Arabia coach Bert van Marwijk, who led his native Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final, has built an impressively solid team that always seems capable of creating chances, though they be without suspended playmaker Nawaf Al Abed in Adelaide.

The top-two teams will progress to Russian Federation 2018, with the third-placed nation forced into a play-offs.

Socceroos Tomi Juric, Aaron Mooy and Tomas Rogic celebrate after a goal during World Cup qualifier victory over Saudi Arabia.

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Images from the match show the Australian team lined up in the middle of the pitch, with the Saudi players choosing to finish their pre-match warm-up instead.

With three group games remaining, the Saudis could be content with gaining another point from a draw with the Socceroos.

It is unclear whether the Saudi players took a decision not to pay their respects, or if they did not understand what was happening. "I thought our second 45 (minutes) was outstanding".

Most of those in the Saudi Arabian side are Muslim, and when honouring the dead they pray, give to charity and speak highly of the person but rarely observe silence. "Saudi fans shouting the whole time".

Rogic, though, claimed the decisive third for Australia 18 minutes into the second-half when the Saudi defence gave the Celtic midfielder time and space on the edge of the area to drive his shot into the top corner of Al Mosailem's goal.

Sara Zelenak, 21, from Brisbane and the South Australian Kirsty Boden, 28, were killed in Saturday night's terrorist attack.

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