Saudi Arabia Soccer Team Fails to Observe Moment of Silence for London Terror Victims

At a World Cup qualifier in Australia, Saudi Arabia’s national soccer team declined to participate in a moment of silence for victims of the recent terror attacks in London.

In the video above, via the Daily Mirror, the Saudi Arabia team can be seen milling around while their opponents, the Australian national team, lined up shoulder-to-shoulder to observe the moment of silence.

According to the Australian outlet (via the Washington Post), a spokesperson for Football Federation Australia, the governing body of Australian soccer, said that the Saudi Arabia team gave them advance notice that they would not participate in the tribute.

“The FFA was further advised by Saudi team officials that 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,” the spokesperson said.

But The Independent reports that the Saudi Arabia team has observed similar moments of silence in the past.

Watch above, via the Daily Mirror.

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