Minute's silence causes controversy in Australia

Jun 09, 2017, 02:50
Minute's silence causes controversy in Australia

The incident echoed a November 2015 incident in Turkey that involved almost 20,000 booing fans at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium during a moment of silence for the 130 people killed during terror attacks in Paris. As they did so, the Saudi Arabia team continued jogging, passing the ball between each other and taking their positions on the field.

Australia remain third in Asia's group B but join leading Japan and the second-placed Saudis on 16 points.

Watch above, via the Daily Mirror.

Saudi culture also suggests they do not believe moments of silence show sadness.

The top two teams will progress to Russian Federation 2018 with the third-placed nation forced into play-offs.

A YouTube video showed the Australia team linked arms in a line on the centre circle while the Saudi Arabia team stood in random formation as the silence began.

After a home game against the Saudis on Thursday, Australia will play a friendly against Brazil to prepare for the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation.

It's as though as soon as the Socceroos took the lead, they lifted their foot off the accelerator.

They were only level for 13 minutes as Australia struck again, Juric restoring their lead with a precise header into the far corner from eight yards after Mathew Leckie's superb run and cross down the right created the opportunity.

THE Socceroos' clash with Saudi Arabia is crucial for their chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

"This case was very hard because the competition in Saudi Arabia ended on the fourth of May, so there were a lot of players who normally got holidays", he said.

"We're ahead of them on the table", the winger told fifa.com.

"We have the chance, at this time, to say: "Come on guys, we can do it in Australia and we can prove that Saudi Arabia are different and deserve to go to the World Cup".

As it stands, Australia could play either South Korea or Uzbekistan in the third-place Asian playoff, with just one point separating the two sides, who both have a substantial gap on the next best side, Syria.

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