The Saudi Arabian FA has named three players who will face a penalty when they return to the country after a disastrous outing saw them lose 5-0 against hosts Russian Federation.
The 44 year old English singer was chosen by Federation Internationale de Football Association to take part in the grand opening of the 2018 World Cup before the tournament's first match in Moscow on Thursday night (June 14th) - surprisingly, given that Williams was censured by the Russian government just a few years ago for stereotyping the country in his track "Party Like A Russian".
"We need to recover, try to forget this shameful situation and start thinking about the next match", the Argentine said.
He conceded questions about his future after the heavy defeat were justified.
Cherchesov's team entered the match at Moscow's 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium under intense pressure to put on a worthy performance. We did everything for this team and this generation of players, everything. They inexplicably sacked Bert van Marwijk despite a successful campaign and then his successor Edgardo Bauza before the World Cup draw in November.
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"This game should not be a point of reference". We didn't play as we planned.
Saudi Arabia will face South American giants Uruguay in their second group stage fixture who managed to pull a late goal to secure a win against Egypt.
"I believe that we came into this tournament well prepared and the players were ready to show that they could play at the World Cup. We should turn the page, forget this game and focus on the next step".
The minister lamented that despite all the money and effort invested in the team, the Saudi footballers displayed but a fraction of their abilities during the June 14 game.
FIFAQatar has been involved in a crippling diplomatic fight with its neighbors, most notably Saudi Arabia, for a year, and it has affected how the World Cup is being aired in the Gulf.