To those Saudis who are saying 1 min silence is not in the culture. Al Ahli vs Barcelona, for the death of Malak Abdollah. Their late king.
But there have been other occasions where Saudi teams have observed a minute’s silence.
Teams observe one minute of silence during the Qatar Airways Cup match between FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi FC in Qatar last year. Picture: AK BijuRaj/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
It’s understood Saudi Arabian fans also failed to pause and observe the silence in the Adelaide Oval crowd.
Senior Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese this morning slammed the Saudi players for their lack of respect and denied it had anything to do with culture.
“That was a disgraceful lack of respect not just for the two Australians killed, one of whom was a young South Australian, all of those victims of that terror attack in London. There is no excuse here,” he told Today.
“This isn’t about culture, this is about a lack of respect. I thought it was disgraceful.
“It’s bloody disgraceful, I’m so angry about this.”
Sunrise host Sam Armytage also blasted the players and said the move was “bloody disgraceful”.
Armytage didn’t hold back this morning and said there was nothing cultural about disrespect shown to two dead Australians, one of whom is from South Australia.
“When we go to the Middle East, when we went to Dubai for the show a few years ago we respect their custom, you cover your shoulders because it’s respectful to do that in their country,” she said.
“Surely they can be respectful for one minute.”
2GB radio host Chris Smith told Armytage the move was simply hypocritical.
“We have a situation with the Saudis, they are duplicitous,” he said….
A spokesman for the FFA said they were told before the game that the Saudi team would not be taking part in the tribute.
The spokesman said: “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.”
Several on social media noticed and vented their anger towards the Socceroos opponents..https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/08/saudi-arabia-footballers-ignore-minutes-silence-for-london-attack-victims