Leicester center-back Wesley Fofana thanked the Premier League for allowing him to break his fast during Ramadan during the game he won on Monday with the Foxes against Crystal Palace (2-1).
Play was paused briefly in the first half, late at night in England, to allow Crystal Palace defender Fofana and Cheikhou Kouyaté to drink a little after the sun had set.
During the month of Ramadan, which runs from April 12 to May 12 this year, Muslims who follow the fast cannot eat or drink during daylight hours.
“That is what makes football wonderful,” wrote Fofana, born in Marseille but of Malian descent, on his Twitter account after the game to thank both the Premier and the Palace and his goalkeeper, the Valencian. Vicente Guaita, who delayed the launch of a goal kick after half an hour of play, so that he could break the fast.
The short break was agreed before the game with referee Graham Scott and is apparently the first time this initiative has been taken in the Premier League.
Fofana was substituted on Friday during the second half of the Premier game that Leicester beat West Brom (3-0) to allow him to rest and eat.
He’s finding incredible strength to play
After this meeting, Brendan Rodgers, coach of the ‘foxes’, described Fofana’s performance as “remarkable” considering the circumstances. “I have worked with many players with devotion to their beliefs and this gives many of them strength,” he said. “Fofana is finding incredible strength to continually play and train during Ramadan. He is a special talent and a great player for us ”.