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Saudi Arabian Footballers Spark Outrage By Snubbing Minute's Silence For London Attack

Two Australians Kirsty Boden, 28, from Loxton and Sara Zelenak, 21, from Brisbane, were killed in the horrific London Bridge terror attack which left eight dead and 48 injured.
   The Saudi Arabia football team snub the London Bridge terror attack victim tribute.


And as a tribute to the victims, a minute's silence was held before the match which saw Saudi Arabia face Australia at the Adelaide Oval in a World Cup qualifier.

But the moment was marred by the Saudi Arabia football team who refused to stand in line for the silence.

Footage shows the Australian squad line up together in solidarity along the centre circle as the silence is announced.

But as they do so the Saudi Arabia team disperse and walk into their positions on the pitch.

Silence sweeps over the stadium as the players and fans remember the dead.

Saudi Arabia coaching staff and substitutes reportedly did not rise from the bench for the tribute and some fans are alleged to have shouted through the silence.

Video of the shock snub was shared widely on social media, sparking outrage from viewers, with one Twitter user writing: "Australia paying respects to London and Manchester, yet Saudi Arabia??"

Another commented: "Disgusting response to the one minute's silence. Crowd needs to learn meaning of the word."

But some fans stood up for the team's behaviour with one writing: "We just don't believe in silent moments to show sadness, you have to accept different cultures.

"And you may have to have moments of silence every game to those who get killed daily around the world.

"My sincere condolences to all the innocents who get killed daily every day and everywhere. Muslims and non-Muslims."
 “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 FFA sought agreement from the Asian Football Confederation and the Saudi national team to hold a minute’s silence in memory of those lost in Saturday night’s terror bombings in London and in particular the two Australian women.

“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."

Moments of silence are not used to show sadness and respect in Muslim Saudi culture with prayer or charity donations preferred.

The London Bridge terror attack saw three jihadis plough a van into pedestrians before stabbing members of the public near Borough market on Saturday night (June 3).

The extremists were shot dead by police, leading to raids on houses in East London.

Yesterday, scores of Islamic leaders condemned the terrorists for their actions.



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