There are times when I despair at the attitude of muslims to non muslims and the culture of western countries. They will be the first to demand that WE respect THEIR culture but seem at times incapable of reciprocating. At the start of the recent Australia v Saudi Arabia football match in Australia the Saudi players ignored the minutes silence at the start of the match, held to pay respect to the London killings and in particular the fact that two of those who lost their lives were Australian nationals
Saudi Arabian football bosses have since issued an “unreserved” apology after their players failed to properly observe a minute’s silence in honour of London terror attack victims at the World Cup qualifier against the Socceroos in Adelaide.
When the stadium announcer called for a minute’s silence to honour the victims of last weekend’s attack, including Australian women Kirsty Boden and Sara Zelenak, the Socceroos on the field lined up at the centre circle with arms on their teammates’ shoulders.
Their opponents from Saudi Arabia, however, spread out to various parts of the field in formation, with some players appearing to mill around. The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) said it “deeply regrets and unreservedly apologises for any offence caused” by the players’ actions.
Some islam apologists have claimed that it is not in Saudi culture to stand in silence to pay respect like we do in the west, however, there have been a number of occasions in arabic countries (e.g. UAE, Quatar) where teams have observed a minutes silence.
One can only draw the conclusion that this was a deliberate act to offend their hosts and demonstrate that the followers of the islamic cult have no respect at all for those who do not subscribe to their venal ideology.