Ramadan: EPL to allow players break fast mid-game
Refereeing bodies in England have told English Premier League, EPL, and English Football League match officials to pause play so that players can break their fast during the holy period of Ramadan.
Match officials have been given guidance so players in the Premier League can break their fast by taking liquids, supplements or energy gels on the touchline of the pitch during a pause in play.
Ramadan begins on Wednesday and lasts a month, NAN reports.
Referees have also been encouraged to identify players who are fasting before kick-off and agree on an estimated time for the pause in play.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez are among players who are expected to stay away from eating and drinking during daylight hours.
In 2021, a match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace was halted by referee Graham Scott after half an hour so Wesley Fofana and Cheikhou Kouyate could break their fast after sunset.
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