The French League prohibits stopping matches for “breaking the fast” of fasting people
DiGard: We are not in a Muslim country… You have to accept the country you live in
Friday – 9 Ramadan 1444 AH – March 31, 2023 AD
The French Federation refused to stop matches in order to break the fast of Muslim players (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Paris: «Asharq Al-Awsat»
The French Football Federation has told referees not to pause matches to allow Muslim players to break their fast during Ramadan, media reports said Friday.
And unlike the English Premier League, which made a decision to allow this, this practice does not comply with the laws of the French Federation for the game, according to many media outlets, quoting the authority that sent an email to the referees, Thursday.
“The idea is that there is a time for everything,” said Eric Borghini, chairman of the federation’s Federal Referees Committee. There is a time to exercise and a time to practice one’s religion.”
And he added that the federation knew that “a certain number of matches were stopped at the amateur level to allow the fasting players to hydrate,” because this is not permitted in the regulations, indicating that this includes strict respect for the principle of secularism in football.
In contrast to the French Federation, the arbitration bodies asked match referees in all English leagues to allow fasting Muslim players to break their fast during evening matches during the month of Ramadan.
In response to a question about this issue, Nice coach Didier Digard said on Friday that many of the Muslim players in the team celebrate the month of Ramadan without any problems.
And although he said it would be nice if France allowed rest periods, he added in front of reporters: “Nobody cares that they don’t. Because we are not in a Muslim country. You have to accept the country you live in.”