There seems to be a pattern of disrespect when it comes to soccer games and terrorist attacks. With the Paris Bataclan massacre, it was a spat in the face when Turkish soccer fans (a communist ‘sport’…just saying) booed throughout the moment of silence for the victims. During the 2016 Olympics in Rio, an Egyptian judo competitor refused to bow to his Jewish opponent…Who kicked his ass. Seems like there’s something there, right?
While his teammates ambled off and began to carelessly run through their warm-ups, one lone Saudi Arabian soccer player chose to do the right thing, the HUMANE thing, and honor the innocent victims of the London Bridge terror attack.
Salman Al-Faraj, who wears the number 7 jersey, sincerely held his hands behind his back and bowed his head to the ground during the minute’s silence before the World Cup qualifier. The 27-year-old midfielder was commended by many on social media for standing and being respectful, unlike his piece of trash teammates who ignored the call and walked off to their various positions on the field.
The rest of his Saudi Arabian team were targets of some well deserved global outrage for willfully ignoring the call for a minute’s silence, even with Saudi officials claiming that it was ‘not in keeping with Saudi culture’.
Bull crap. The Daily Mail:
Al-Faraj has been a mainstay of the Saudi midfield for the past five years, having played all but four minutes of his side’s 630 minutes in the qualifying campaign.
Furious viewers were to quick to point out occasions Saudi Arabian sporting teams had solemnly observed a minute’s silence for different tragedies. The Saudi players were also happy to perform elaborate religious goal celebrations, kneeling to the ground to pray to God after scoring an equaliser late in the first half.
Pictures show the Australian team lined up at the halfway mark, with the Saudi players ignoring the gesture as they get in formation to start the game. Saudi players on the bench refused to stand for the minute’s silence.
Footage appears to show Saudi captain Osama Hawsawi instructing his teammates to pay their respect and stand still after judging the crowd’s negative reaction.
It has been reported that many Saudi Arabian fans watching on at Adelaide Oval also passed over the minute’s silence, choosing instead to speak loudly all while moving about the stadium as if it was appropriate. After widespread disapproval, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation issued a statement:
‘deeply regrets and unreservedly apologies for any offense caused. 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.’
Yeah, I’m going to call bull on that statement.
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