Saudi Arabia: Woman was to drive football team bus, but team refused to board bus

Saudi Arabia‘s Asian Cup football team refused to board a bus driven by a woman during a pre-tournament camp on the Gold Coast in 2015.

Women are not allowed to drive cars in their home nation, the only country in the world that practices this.

They eventually agreed to board, but requested they have only male drivers for the remainder of the tour.

The team has come under fire for refusing to observe a minute for the victims of the London terrorist attack before their World Cup qualifier against Australia.

Muslim leaders claim the law preventing women from driving in Saudi Arabia must be followed to prevent ‘licentiousness’ behaviour spreading.

The government are considering changing the rule.

Comedian Dave Hughes tweeted the team ‘should not be given entry to our country,’ after hearing of their refusal to board the bus.

kingdom of The Saudi Arabian soccer team chose to tie their shoelaces, stretch and casually pass balls instead of lining up for a minute’s silence for the London terror victims on Thursday night.

Soccer fans across the globe were outraged after the Saudi national team refused to pay their respects in a World Cup qualifier against Australia in Adelaide.

A spokesman for Football Federation Australia explained they were told a minute of silence was ‘not in keeping with Saudi culture’ ahead of the match.

But furious viewers were to quick to point out occasions Saudi Arabian sporting teams had solemnly observed a minute’s silence for different tragedies.

The Saudi players were also happy to perform elaborate religious goal celebrations, kneeling to the ground to pray to God after scoring an equaliser late in the first half.


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