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Saudi Arabia’s football players caused a storm today when they snubbed a minute’s silence in memory of the London terror attack victims.
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Their opponents Australia team lined up arm in arm before their World Cup qualifier in Adelaide to remember the eight victims, which include two Aussies.
However, the Saudi team were stood randomly on the pitch while officials and players on the bench refused to stand up.
One player continued to warm-up through the silence but one did stand with his hands behind his back in tribute.
Any pre-planned tributes must be cleared by FIFA and the information would ordinarily be passed to both competing teams.
However, Adam Peacock, a presenter with Fox Sports Australia, tweeted the Asian Football Confederation approved the minute’s silence against the wishes of travelling Saudi officials.
He added that the Football Federation of Australia “tried to reason” with the Saudis but were unable to persuade them to participate.