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Saudi Team Snubs London Terror Victims: 'Not Part of Our Culture'

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Saudi Arabia soccer teammates celebrate their 3-0 win in their World Cup qualifiers soccer match against Thailand at Rajamangala national stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, March 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

By    |   Thursday, 08 Jun 2017 01:56 PM

The Saudi Arabian soccer team refused to line up and observe a moment of silence in honor of the London terror victims before a World Cup qualifier in Australia.

Meanwhile, the Australian team locked arms and stood in line in tribute to the victims, including two from Australia.

"Most of the Saudis, meanwhile, appeared to go about their pregame business, leading to boos from the Adelaide Oval crowd," Matt Bonesteel wrote in The Washington Post.

The Daily Mail reported that Football Federation Australia was informed a minute of silence was "not in keeping with Saudi culture."

"The FFA sought agreement from the Asian Football Confederation and the Saudi national team to hold a minute's silence in memory of those lost in Saturday night's terror bombings in London and in particular the two Australian women," the spokesperson said.

"Both the AFC and the Saudi team agreed that the minute of silence could be held.

'The FFA was further advised by Saudi team officials that this tradition was not in keeping with Saudi culture and they would move to their side of the field and respect our custom whilst taking their own positions on the field."

Even players on the bench refused to stand in tribute, the newspaper said.

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