In a perplexing and thoughtless move, the Saudi national soccer team carried on with warmups during the pre-game of a World Cup qualifying match against Australia Wednesday, as the rest of stadium observed a moment of silence for the victims of the London terror attacks.
Every western country should deny entry to the Saudi soccer team. Disgracefully disrespectful.
— Tony Bonanno (@thinktogrowrich) June 8, 2017
As the 11 starting players for the Australian soccer team lined up for the moment, the Saudi team drew boos from the crowd as they remained in their positions. A spokesperson for Australia’s soccer confederation claimed both teams agreed to the silence.
Let’s not invite the Saudi Soccer team to America. https://t.co/cNxUpPS42i
— Rich & Lyn Kennedy (@curlyheckler) June 8, 2017
What a disgrace from Saudi Arabia soccer team
— Ryan maloney (@Maloney85Ryan) June 8, 2017
Saudi soccer team refuse to stand for London victims/ this is not a good look https://t.co/yyXc0zj7UA
— A.T (@deji_sanyaolu) June 8, 2017
To explain what appears as support for the actions of the jihadists in London, Saudi officials stated: “this tradition was not in keeping with Saudi culture and they would move to their side of the field and respect our custom whilst taking their own positions on the field.”
— JeannieJuno (@jeanniejuno) June 8, 2017
Two individuals killed in the attacks were Australian.
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) June 8, 2017
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