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Saudi Arabia's players celebrate after a goal against Japan during a 2018 World Cup Russia qualifier soccer match at Saitama Stadium, in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

Saudi Arabia soccer team apologized to Australian opponents for London memorial flub


Saudi Arabia's Football Federation issued an apology on Friday after the country's national soccer team failed to observe a minute of silence for victims of a recent London terrorist attack.

A statement on the SAFF website read: "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."

Australia beat Saudi Arabia 3-2.

Ahead of the Word Cup qualifying match between the two countries, Saudi Arabia players milled around the field as Australia teammates stood arm in arm.

Australian fans booed Saudi players as it happened.

Many fans took to social media to express their dismay at the Saudi players' actions.

It appeared just one Saudi teammate stood still during the minute of silence.

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