Thursday, 8 June 2017

VIDEO: Saudi Arabia football team sparks outrage as it snubs minute's silence for London Bridge terror victims ahead of World Cup qualifier against Australia

The Saudi Arabian soccer team failed to line up for a minute's silence for the London terror victims on Thursday night 
The Saudi Arabian soccer team refused to line up for a minute's silence Thursday night for the victims (including two Australians) of last Saturdays terror attack at London Bridge because they claim it is not in keeping with their culture.
A spokesman for Football Federation Australia said they were told a minute of silence was 'not in keeping with Saudi culture' ahead of the match.
These are the same people who're accusing the liberal State of Qatar of being supporters of terrorism when its the other way around.
Fans were left outraged at the display ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Australia in Adelaide. 
Pictures and video footage 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 also refused to stand for the minute's silence.
An outraged man named Adam tweeted: Minutes silence for London terror, Saudi players wandering around like they don't give a f***, Saudi fans shouting the whole time #AUSvKSA,' 
Others called for official measures to be taken against the team. 
'I hope FFA call out Saudi Arabia on the clear lack of respect shown prior to KO. Not participating in the minutes silence is disgusting,' user PG3_12 wrote.
However, some Saudi fans claimed it was not within Islamic culture to take a moment of silence to respect the dead.
'They come from a different culture. They just don't understand the point of being silence for a minute to show sadness.. we never do it in KSA,' one fan wrote.'
The majority of the Saudi side are Muslim, and to honour the dead, it is understood they pray, give to charity and speak highly of the person, but rarely observe silence.
Minutes of silence are a common occurrence in the Premier League, and Muslim players are not known to boycott the mark of respect.  
The game added extra tension to an already important match, but Australia came out on top with a score of 3-2. 

Islamic sheikh disagrees with Saudis excuse saying: 'In their eyes the attackers are martyrs' 

Sheikh Mohammad Tawhidi (pictured) says it is a 'lie' to say the Muslim culture does not remember the dead with a moment of silence
Sheikh Mohammad Tawhidi (pictured) says it is a 'lie' to say the Muslim culture does not remember the dead with a moment of silence
An Islamic imam has suggested the Saudi Arabian team refused to take part in a minute's silence for the London terror victims because they believe 'it is not a sin for a Muslim to kill a non-believer'.
Sheikh Mohammad Tawhidi says it is a 'lie' to say the Muslim culture does not remember the dead with a moment of silence, and instead argues the football team did not partake in the mourning because they stand with the jihadist men.
'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,' he told Daily Mail Australia.
'Their response suggests that within Muslim culture they don't remember the dead with a moment of silence. This is a lie.'
Sheikh Tawhidi says under Islam Sharia law 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. And if they stand for a minute of silence they are against their Muslim brothers who fought for jihad and fought the 'infidels',' he said.
Sheikh Tawidi also added the team would have been 'ridiculed' back home if they had commemorated the victims of the London terrorist attack. 
But this may not be the view of every player within the Saudi team, he pointed out.

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