Russia 2018: Saudi FA To Punish Players After Russia Humiliation
The Saudi Arabia Football Federation says it would punish three of their national team’s players following their 5-0 drubbing by Russia at the 2018 World Cup.
The Saudi FA President, Adel Ezzat, said the result, which extended the side’s World Cup winless run to 11, did not reflect their preparations.
“We are very disappointed by the defeat. This result is totally unsatisfactory, because it does not reflect the true level of our preparedness,” Ezzat said.
“Several players will face a penalty – goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf, striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi and defender Omar Hawsawi.”
In addition, Chairman of the General Sport Authority, Turki bin Abdulmohsen Al-Sheikh, described the game as a ‘total fiasco.’
In a video he posted on his Twitter page, he said, “These players have made my face go black with embarrassment and fury.
“This is down to their weak potential and ability. We did everything for this team and this generation of players, everything.
“We brought them the best technical support, a team of the highest level and we paid them for three years.
“But now we see they have limited capabilities.”