Ahead of the World Cup qualifier games Saudi Arabia’s team pulled a really sh*tty move, but it’s not their fault because ‘it’s against their culture’.
Playing against Australia, a moment of silence was started at the beginning of the game to honor the victims killed during the London Bridge terror attack.
Two Australians had been murdered in the stabbings.
While the Australians lined up at the half-way mark to pay their respects, the Saudi team did no such thing and rather got into formation to start the game.
A spokesperson from the Football Federation Australia told Daily Mail Australia they had been advised prior to the match that the Saudi team would not be taking part.
‘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,’ the spokesperson said.
‘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.
Naturally many soccer fans were LIVID by this display of disrespect.
The claim that it’s ‘not in their culture’ to take a moments silence is absolute bullsh*t too.
Just look at this twitter post.
Shia imam Sheikh Mohammad Tawhidi goes into detail why the Saudis really didn’t take the moment of silence.
‘[Muslims] regularly mourn over a person if a leader dies or if there is an attack of some kind,’ he said.
‘They did not stop for a moment of silence because according to Wahhabi Islam – which governs Saudi Arabia – it is not wrong or a sin for a Muslim to kill a non-Muslim. In their eyes the attackers are martyrs who are going to paradise.
‘If they stand for a minute of silence, they are against their Muslim brothers who fought for jihad and fought the ‘infidels’.
The Shia imam added every player on the team may not hold that view, but they would have been ‘ridiculed’ in Saudi Arabia had they honored the victims of the London terrorist attack.
This is insane.
Oh, BTW… Saudi Arabia is an ‘ally’ to the US and UK.
After this bold statement, one would say not any more…