English soccer teams pause their match to allow players to break their Ramadan fasts

Published Apr 27 2021 at 7:06 PM GMT
  • An otherwise forgettable pause during the Crystal Palace and Leicester City Premier League match Monday night in England turned out to be a beautiful display of sportsmanship from two teams that definitely had their priorities straight.
  • During the 35th minute of the match, Crystal Palace's goalkeeper Vicente Guaita held onto the ball instead of making a goal kick.
  • This allowed Leicester's center-back Wesley Fofana and Palace's midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate to break their Ramadan fasts.
  • The brief, voluntary stoppage gave Fofana a moment to guzzle some water and for Kouyate to down an energy gel.
  • The stoppage happened shortly after sundown because Muslims are supposed to avoid food or drink while the sun is out during the month-long holiday.


  • Published Apr 27, 2021 7:06 PM GMT