Saudi team blows off mo­ment of si­lence for at­tack vic­tims

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Saudi Ara­bia’s soc­cer team sparked so­cial me­dia ou­trage this week when its play­ers roamed around and stretched dur­ing a minute of si­lence for vic­tims of Lon­don’s June 3 ter­ror at­tack.

An en­tire sta­dium of Aus­tralian soc­cer fans watched Thurs­day as Saudis took their po­si­tions dur­ing a minute of rev­er­ence for those who per­ished last week’s Lon­don Bridge mas­sacre. A Fox Sports an­nouncer said af­ter the World Cup qual­i­fy­ing match that Saudi of­fi­cials re­buffed the re­quest.

A spokesman for Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia had a dif­fer­ent take — the re­quest was tech­ni­cally granted, al­though the Saudis would not take part in a for­eign cus­tom.

Thurs­day’s match ended with the Aus­tralia’s Socceroos win­ning, 3-2.

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