Moscow: Players of Saudi Arabian national football team will face a disciplinary penalty after they were crushed 0-5 at the hands of hosts Russia in the opening game of FIFA World Cup, Thursday.
“We are very disappointed by the defeat,” Saudi football federation chief Adel Ezzat was quoted as saying by the Al-Youm Assabaa newspaper. “This result is totally unsatisfactory because it does not reflect the true level of our preparedness.
“Several players will face a penalty – goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf, striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi and defender Omar Hawsawi,” Ezzat added.
The Chairman of the General Sport Authority, Turki bin Abdulmohsen Al-Sheikh, described the game as a ‘total fiasco’ in a video address, posted on his Twitter page. Saudi Arabia will next face Uruguay in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don June 20.