No-one expected Egypt, Morocco or Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup but for all three to crash out on the same day was a disaster for Arab football.
Opec's leader Saudi Arabia and Russia were trying on Thursday to convince fellow oil producers to raise output from July to meet rising global demand.
The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said on Monday its national soccer team landed safely in the Russian city of Rostov after what it described as a minor technical fault in one of the engines.
Russia is spending more than $13bn on hosting football's showpiece, the most important event in the country since the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics.
The widespread piracy currently spreading throughout the Middle East has largely been ignored.
Millions of football fans in Saudi Arabia face missing seeing their country playing the opening World Cup match against hosts Russia on TV due to a diplomatic row.
Qatar has filed a complaint under a UN anti-racism treaty against two of the countries which have been blockading it for a year.
The ministry said that the statement did not bring anything new to resolve the obstacles that have existed since June 5, 2017.