Saudi footballers to be penalised for loss against Russian Federation

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The Saudi Arabia Football Federation have said they would punish three of their national team's players following their 5-0 drubbing by Russia at the 2018 World Cup.

The huge tents opened its doors to receive spectators of the global event running from June 14 to July 14.

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Organizers prepared three tents that are adapted to receive visitors daily and without any charge, and the main tent takes almost 600 people.

Russia, the lowest ranked team in the tournament have not won a single World Cup match since 2002.

This is Saudi Arabia's fifth World Cup finals tournament and the fifth in which they have failed to win their opening match (drew one, lost four).

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Confirming the names of the men, he said: "Several players will face a penalty - goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf, striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi and defender Omar Hawsawi'". They inexplicably sacked Bert van Marwijk despite a successful campaign and then his successor Edgardo Bauza before the World Cup draw in November.

Saudi sports authority chief Turki al-Sheikh, who is leading the kingdom's multi-billion dollar push for global footballing influence, said he took "full responsibility" for the defeat.

"We paid all their [the players'] dues, and they came to the game without exerting even five percent of the effort needed".

The Saudis face Uruguay on June 20 and Egypt on June 25.

Al-Sheikh also personally apologised to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne, who watched the game with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, in his private box.

Al Sheikh was angry over Saudi Arabia's weak performance against Russian Federation.

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