The football Federation in Saudi Arabia has apologized for not participating in the minute of silence in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks in London before the match against Australia, according to British newspaper the Mirror.
The statement said: the Federation expressed regret and apologized for the fact that some team members ignored the minute of silence (some of the players stopped and stood while a moment of silence is not over. Some were preparing for the match).
The statement stressed that the football Federation of Saudi Arabia condemns all acts of terrorism and expresses condolences to the people of great Britain.
In a statement the Australian football Federation said that Saudi players have agreed to participate in a minute of silence, but refused to line up in the center of the field, as it «does not correspond to their traditions and culture.»
British newspaper questioned this statement, Recalling that in 2015 before the handball match Saudi Arabia — Germany team conducted a minute of silence in memory of the deceased king of Saudi Arabia.