Saudi World Cup Team Skips Moment Of Silence For London Terror Victims; Outrage Ensues
June 8 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
Should we be bent over this? According to Twitter, it's an outrage -- members of the Saudi men's national soccer team refused to observe a minute of silence for victims of the London Bridge attack on Thursday.
It was prior to its match with Australia in a FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifying match in Adelaide. Eight people died in the attack, among them two Australians.
Saudi officials told organizers before the match that they wouldn't be participating in the tribute. Independent UK:
"Both the (Asian Football Confederation) and the Saudi team agreed that the minute of silence could be held," the Australian federation said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
"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."
But the Saudis have participated in such tributes before -- notably when Al-Ahli Saudi FC honored Spanish plane crash victims ahead of their Qatar Airways Cup match against Barcelona in 2016.
Of course Twitter response has been measured and calm, as always.