The opposite of the English Premier League.. The French Football Association prohibits stopping matches during the month of Ramadan
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 what many media outlets reported, quoting the authority that sent an email to the referees on Thursday.
“The idea is that there is a time for everything. A time for sports and a time for one’s religion,” Eric Borghini, head of the federation’s Federal Referees Committee, told AFP.
He added that the federation knew that “a certain number of matches at the amateur level were suspended 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.
And many players fast during the month of Ramadan, which began on the 22nd of this month, during which Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset.
In response to a question about this issue, Nice coach Didier Digard said on Friday that many Muslim players in the team are holding the month of Ramadan without any problems.
Although he said it would be good if France allowed rest periods, he added to reporters, “No one cares that they don’t. Because we are not in a Muslim country. You have to accept the country you live in.”