Match interrupted to allow Benrahma to break the fast

The West Ham and Burnley match on behalf of Matchday 34 of the Premier League was briefly interrupted at sunset to allow Algeria international Saïd Benrahma to break the fast during this month of Ramadan.

The match was interrupted in the 35th minute of play, during which the Algerian striker was able to consume food and energy drink. Holder during this meeting, Benrahma contributed to the 2 – 1 victory of West Ham by delivering in particular an assist.

It is neither new nor unheard of that a footballer of the Muslim faith is given a short break in play to break the fast. The English football league has indeed given instructions during this month of Ramadan to the referees in order to allow Muslim footballers to quickly break the fast during the match at sunset.

The example that had the greatest media coverage was the interruption of the match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace on April 26 to allow French and Senegalese defenders Wesley Fofana and Cheikou Kouyaté to break the fast during the meeting.

Video from the Turkish league also shows footballers briefly interrupting the game to sit near the sidelines to break the fast at sunset.

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