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Saudi Arabia football team to be penalised for 5-0 rout in FIFA World Cup 2018 opener

 Saudi Arabia will face star-studded Uruguay in their next game of the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Reported by: IANS, Moscow [ Published on: June 15, 2018 13:59 IST ]
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Russia's Denis Cheryshev dribbles past Saudi Arabia players to score his side's second goal in the opener of World Cup.

Members of Saudi Arabia's national football team will face a disciplinary penalty for their crushing defeat by Russia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup opener.

"We are very disappointed by the defeat," Saudi Football Federation chief Adel Ezzat was quoted as saying by the Al-Youm Assabaa newspaper, reports Tass news agency.

"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," he 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.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on Thursday with the opening match in the Russian capital Moscow between hosts Russia and the national team from Saudi Arabia, which Russia won 5-0.

In their next game, Saudi Arabia is facing Uruguay in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don on June 20.

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