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Saudi Football Federation regrets snubbing one-minute silence for London victims

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Saudi Arabia’s football federation has apologized for causing offence when its team failed to line up in formation during a one-minute silence to honor victims of the London attacks.

Saudi Arabia were preparing to play Australia in a World Cup qualifier at the Adelaide Oval when the stadium announcer called for a minute's silence to begin.

“The Saudi Arabian Football Federation deeply regrets and unreservedly apologizes for any offence caused by the failure of some members of the representative team of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to formally observe the one minute's silence in memory of the victims of the London terrorist attack on 3 June 2017, prior to the World Cup Qualifying match against Australia in Adelaide,” a statement read.

“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,” they added.