Players break Ramadan fast during Turkish football match

The start of the game fell under daylight hours in Turkey

Jamie Braidwood
Thursday 15 April 2021 13:36 BST
The players were allowed to eat in the 11th minute of the match
The players were allowed to eat in the 11th minute of the match (Bein Sports)

Players in a Turkish second division match broke their fast for Ramadan after a stoppage in play coincided with Iftar, the evening call to prayer.

The match between GZT Giresunspor and Ankara Keciorengucu was paused in the 11th minute due to an injury, which gave the players a chance to eat and drink after having spent the daylight hours fasting due to Ramadan.

During the month of Ramadan, fasting takes place between sunrise and sunset and those taking part can only eat or drink early in the morning, before Suhur, or after Iftar.

The players were seen eating fruit and drinking water during the stoppage.

All Muslims adults are obliged to fast during Ramadan, which started on Monday 12 April, but under Islamic teachings, it is permissible to break your fast “with anything that is adequate need”.

It is believed Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, for example, has not fasted in previous seasons when Ramadan has coincided with his football schedule.

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