Premier League and English Football League (EFL) officials have been asked to provide an opportunity for players to break their fast during night games during Ramadan, sources told ESPN.
There are several players, including the one from Chelsea. N’Golo Kantethe one from liverpool Mohamed Salah and that of Manchester City Ilkay Gundogan of those who are expected to fast for a month during the day in accordance with one of the five pillars of Islam.
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Ramadan begins on Wednesday and ends on April 21. Sources told ESPN that after consulting with the relevant league administrators, refereeing body Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has informed officials to explore whether any players or staff will be affected when clubs exchange sheets. of team. before kick-off during this period.
A natural stoppage will then be created in play to allow fasting club staff, players and match officials to come to the side of the pitch and take fluids or energy supplements.
The match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace in April 2021 was believed to be the first in the division to be stopped to allow Muslim players to eat and drink mid-game.