- The game between Giresunspor and Ankara Keciorengucu had a unique moment as some players broke their fast in the middle of the encounter
- A video of Ankara Keciorengucu eating bananas and dates during a brief break has warmed hearts online
- Muslims across the world marked the beginning of the holy month on Monday, April 12
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A second division game in Turkey was uniquely halted briefly so players could break their fast.
On Tuesday, April 13, the game involving Giresunspor and Ankara Keciorengucu was briefly halted after 10 minutes, giving some of the Ankara players ample time to perform their call to prayer.
A video that has since gone viral on Twitter shows a couple of Ankara Keciorengucu’s Muslim players munching on bananas and dates.
The video which has since garnered over 3 million views and was captioned, "When the injury occurred in the GZT Giresunspor - Ankara Keçiörengücü match and the call to prayer coincided, the players started their fast during the match."
It is not strange to see players breaking their fast mid-game in the holy month of Ramadan.
The holy month began on Monday, April 12.
As part of the five pillars of Islam, Muslims will not eat or drink between dawn and sunset as they show their devotion to Allah.
Former Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, who now plays for Turkish side Fernaberce, was among those who took to social media to wish fellow Muslims a blessed holy month.
Muslims participating in the holy month typically have a meal (suhoor) before dawn and break their fast through the (iftar) just after sunset.
“Ramadan Mubarak to all my Muslim brothers and sisters around the world,” Ozil said on his social media pages.
Famous football players who are set to join the Islam community in marking the holy month include Karim Benzema, Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez, N’golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Ousmanne Dembele, Achraf Hakimi, Mo Salah among others.
Football players have had to find creative ways to break their fast during games in recent years.
In 2018, Tunisia's goalkeeper Mouez Hassen twice went down with an apparent injury just as Iftar began to allow his teammates ample to grab a bite before the game resumed.
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