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English Premier League pauses game to let Muslim players break Ramadan fast for first time ever

Both teams agreed with the referee before the game that there would be a pause after half an hour to give the chance to Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana and Crystal Palace’s Cheikhou Kouayte to break their fast

Mahmoud Sheleib , Tuesday 27 Apr 2021
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Leicester's Wesley Fofana, left, and Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha challenge for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Monday, April 26, 2021. AP
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For the first time in the history of the tournament, the English Premier League paused a game on Monday to let Muslim players break their Ramadan fast, according to Skysports on Tuesday. 

Leicester City and Crystal Palace agreed with the referee before the game that there would be a pause after half an hour to give the chance to Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana and Crystal Palace’s Cheikhou Kouayte to break their fast.

The 20-year-old defender Fofana thanked the Premier League; Crystal Palace, and their goalie Vicente Guaita, who delayed taking a goal kick on the time of the Maghrib prayer at Leicester.

Fofana - who joined Leicester in summer 2020 coming from Saint Etienne - is a French defender of Malian descent.

Leicester City’s coach revealed that he had substituted Fofana during the West Bromwich game after an hour in order to protect the player.

“It was just one where I thought if I could get him off, then he could get some food into him on the bench, and just protect him a little bit. I've worked with lots of players with devotion to their faiths, and for a lot of the guys. it gives them strength,” said Rodgers after the West Brom match.

 

 

 

The Premier League includes several Muslim players, including Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny, Ahmed Elmohamady, and Mahmoud "Trezeguet", in addition to Riyad Mahrez of Algeria, Anwar El-Ghazi of Netherlands, Sadio Mane of Senegal, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante both from France and many others.

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