Players stop professional soccer game so Muslim player can end his Ramadan fast

A Muslim soccer player thanks the Premier League and their opponents for giving a brief break during a match so he could break his Ramadan fast.

The match between Leicester and Crystal Palace on Monday night was briefly halted so that Leicester defender Wesley Fofana could leave the pitch to fetch something to drink as the sun went down.


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The break came in the 35th minute of the game when the ball went out for a Crystal Palace goal kick. Instead of restarting the game straight away, the Palace keeper kept the ball while Fofana took a drink before returning to the field to play.

The short deadline was agreed by both teams and the referees before the game.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community. During Ramadan, which runs from April 12 to May 12 this year, Muslims do not eat or drink during the day.

Fofana thanked everyone who agreed to put the game on hold after the game in a tweet.

“That’s what makes football wonderful,” Fofan said in the Publish.

Leicester won the game 2-1.


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