The players took advantage of a break in the 11th minute of a Turkish second division football game to break their fast for Ramadan, drink water, and eat bananas and dates on the field after hearing the evening call to sunset prayer to have
Players in a Turkish soccer game broke their Ramadan fast during a game break on the pitch Tuesday evening after hearing the evening call to prayer at sunset.
A clip tweeted by the broadcaster beIN Sports showed Ankara Keciorengucu players eating during a break in play at Giresunspor in the TFF First League, Turkey’s second division.
A quartet of players kneel on the ground eating dates and bananas while goalkeeper Metin Uçar sipped water.
Players in a Turkish soccer game were seen breaking their fast after an evening call to prayer
The tweet read: “When an injury occurred at GZT Giresunspor-Ankara Keciorengucu that coincided with the call to prayer, the players broke their fast.”
By Wednesday noon, the clip had been viewed over three million times on the social media platform.
During the month of Ramadan, which began on Monday, fasting Muslims do not eat or drink in daylight.
Typically, participants eat a meal before sunrise, suhoor, and again when the evening call to prayer sounds at sunset, iftar.
With games usually played in the evening, footballers in the past have found creative ways to break their Iftar fast while games are being played.
In 2018, during two friendly matches leading up to the World Cup, Tunisia’s goalkeeper suffered two obvious injuries early in Iftar, allowing his teammates to eat and drink.