Saudi Arabia football team apologizes for ignoring minute’s silence for London terror victims


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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has apologised for its players’ controversial decision to not formally observe the one minute’s silence for London terror victims.

The governing body for the Saudi football team released a statement on Friday claiming members of the squad meant no disrespect to the memories of the victims and their families.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said it ‘deeply regrets and unreservedly apologises for any offence caused’ by the players failing to formally observe the one minute’s silence.

Saudi Arabia Football Federation apology statement

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation deeply regrets and unreservedly apologises for any offence caused by the failure of some members of the representative team of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to formally observe the one minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the London terrorist attack on 3 June 2017, prior to the World Cup Qualifying match against Australia in Adelaide.

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.

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.

Fans were left outraged at the display ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Australia in Adelaide

Saudi Arabian captain Osama Hawsawi jogged on the spot and stretched during the one minute's silence, while another player tied up his shoelaces (centre)

fter widespread criticism, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation issued a statement saying it 'deeply regrets and unreservedly apologises for any offence caused' by the players' actions

It is understood Saudi Arabia informed FFA they would not be taking part on Thursday night, but prior to the minute of silence

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