Football: Black armbands at Asian Cup for Saudi king

SYDNEY:  UAE players wore black armbands and striker Ali Mabkhout refused to celebrate his opening goal as the death of Saudi King Abdullah was marked at the Asian Cup on Friday.

Mabkhout walked away with his arms down after scoring the opener against Japan in their quarter-final in Sydney, in a mark of respect for the Saudi king.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) lowered its flag at its Kuala Lumpur headquarters to half-mast and expressed “deep sadness” at the king’s death.

AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said it was “a big loss for the people of Saudi Arabia, and will be sorely felt by the entire Asian continent”.