Mark Clattenburg Stops Game In Saudi Arabia When The Call For Prayer Echoes From Nearby Mosques
During a match between Al Faiha and Al Fateh earlier, former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg blew his whistle five minutes into extra time.
In a remarkable scene, Clattenburg paused play for two minutes because the call for prayer echoed from nearby mosques.
The moment happened during the Saudi King's Cup round of 16, and with the two teams going into extra time at 1-1, 'the Mouazin' starts and play completely stops.
You don't see this happen very often...
Shortly after the call for prayer echoed from nearby mosques, people on Twitter praised the referee for his actions.
One Twitter user sent the following message to Clattenburg: "Fans in KSA are admiring and appreciating your decision today to stop the game during Athan for prayer. Thanks Mr. Mark."
Another said: "Thank you Mr. @clattenburg1975 for stopping the game during Pray time. You are showing your Bravery which may no Ref can do that.
Well done Mark @clattenburg1975 Massive respect for stopping the game out of respect for the call to prayer https://t.co/uLPrbkVkmI
- Dr Haji (@ab_haji20) January 24, 2018
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Thank you Mr. @clattenburg1975 for stopping the game during Pray time. You are showing your Bravery which may no Ref can do that.
- Eng. Fareed Alshihri (@Fareed____) January 24, 2018
Mr @clattenburg1975 , What you did today in the Fayha vs Fateh game was really nice , It showed that you are very respectful and you indeed deserve the position you're in , Good luck to you.
- saud aljohani (@saudj99) January 24, 2018
Fans in KSA are admiring and appreciating your decision today to stop the game during Athan for prayer.
Thanks Mr. Mark.
- Abo Ali (@Abo_Ali_Khalaf) January 24, 2018
What a top bloke Mark Clattenburg is. Stopping the game for the Adhaan (call to prayer) :raised_hands: https://t.co/2BAwhmWUZO
- Tez (@tezilyas) January 24, 2018
:clap: Huge respect to Mark Clattenburg after he stopped a Saudi Arabian Cup game in the 95th minute when a call for prayer came over the speaker...https://t.co/Ne2dUK5hhM
- The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) January 24, 2018
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