Saudi Arabia will reportedly be facing no consequences from FIFA after its national football team failed to respect the “minute of silence” for London attack victims before their game in Australia.
According to reports, Saudi Arabia’s national football team failed to respect the “minute of silence” that was taken for the victims of the London Attack before their World Cup qualifier game in Adelaide, Australia.
While their Australian opponents stood in line for a minute of silence, the players spread out in preparation for the game and waited.
After the Australian minister said it was “a graceful lack of respect,” The Football Federation for Saudi Arabia “unreservedly” apologized. “The players did not intend any disrespect to the memories of the victims or to cause upset to their families, friends or any individual affected by the atrocity,” it added.
They also said: “The Saudi Arabian Football Federation condemns all acts of terrorism and extremism and extends its sincerest condolences to the families of all the victims and to the government and people of the United Kingdom.”
A spokesman for the FFA said that “both the AFC and the Saudi team agreed that the minute of silence could be held.”
“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 Labor Party spokesperson , Anthony Albanese, said it was “bloody disgraceful.”
“There is no excuse here. This isn’t about culture, this is about a lack of respect,” he told Channel 9.
Sanctions by FIFA?
FIFA is reportedly not going to be sanctioning the team for the incident. In a statement, they said:
“After reviewing the match report and images of the said match, we can confirm that there are no grounds to take disciplinary action in relation to the matter you mention.”