Video Shows the Moment Bundesliga Match Was Stopped for Muslim Player to Break His Ramadan Fast

Video Shows the Moment Bundesliga Match Was Stopped for Muslim Player to Break His Ramadan Fast

Babajide Orevba
April 12, 2022 at 7:22 AM
  • Bundesliga witnessed something unusual during the midweek while Ausburg hosted Mainz at the WWK Arena
  • In the 65th minute of the encounter, play was temporarily stopped for Frenchman Moussa Niakhate to break his fast
  • Cameras captured the moment the Mainz defender was allowed to quickly have something to take, leaving fans divided on social media

The footage is currently making the rounds showing the moment the Bundesliga tie between Ausburg and Mainz was temporarily stopped to allow Moussa Niakhate to break his fast.

Both teams had clashed on Wednesday evening, with hosts Ausburg going on to win the tie 2-1 courtesy of goals from Jeffrey Gouweleeuw and Ruben Vargas, while Silvan Widmer grabbed one goal for the visitors.

Play was temporarily stopped in the 65th minute as Muslim faithful Niakhate who was observing his fast was allowed to break right on the pitch.

Moussa Niakhate, Bundesliga, Mainz, Ausburg
Bundesliga game involving Ausburg and Mainz saw the moment Moussa Niakhate was allowed to break his Ramadan fast. Photo: @ESPNFC
Source: Twitter

The centre referee allowed the Frenchman to quickly have something to take and the fans in the stands love it, even though he was in the opposing team.

The clip shared on Twitter has left fans buzzing at such an amazing gesture.

A fan wrote:

“Wonderful touch indeed by both Augsburg and Mainz 05 for Moussa Niakhate”

Another added:

A wonderful example of sportsmanship, but did 's Ricardo Pepi finally score?

One posited:

“So he couldn't wait till match end to break? Or even half time? Sounds more about political correctness than anything else.”

Another tweep wrote:

“Sometimes humans act with an open mind, compassion and understanding but other times very exclusive and divisive, confused much.”

A curious fan added:

“And that's "weird" how? I'm Roman Catholic yet I completely understand it. It was probably discussed & agreed upon by BOTH clubs & ref BEFORE the game. Expand your cultural & religious horizons brah.”

Benzema broke his fast moments before UCL hat-trick vs Chelsea

Meanwhile, Sports Brief earlier reported that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was fasting all day before featuring against Chelsea in the Champions League, scoring a hat-trick.

The 34-year-old Muslim is also participating in the ongoing Ramadan as part of his faith and despite not eating and drinking all day, he navigated the entire Chelsea defense with ease.

It was gathered that the Frenchman broke his fast just thirteen minutes before the start of the game and went on to produce one of his finest nights in European football.

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Babajide Orevba is a Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.