Wesley Fofana Broke His Ramadan Fast During Leicester City's Win Over Crystal Palace
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In the 34th minute, a brief stoppage in play allowed the defender, a devout Muslim, to get some fluids inside him after not eating or drinking in daylight hours.
Fans praised the Frenchman for playing while displaying such devotion for his religion and fasting as part of traditions in the Islamic holy month
Fofana breaking his fast mid-game :fire: pic.twitter.com/KkLbKFrYEB- Khaled (@khaled74) April 26, 2021
Fofana breaking his fast mid game .. the type of wholesome content I like to see https://t.co/uzHeBSmMee- Ahmed (@acali94) April 26, 2021
Fofana just broke his fast mid game rah, what a guy- Abz (@_Abzino2) April 26, 2021
Wesley Fofana breaking his fast during the Crystal Palace game #Legend .- Rivaldos bicycleKick (@FCB1mrankhan) April 26, 2021
Wesley Fofana causally breaking his fast during the game. Respect!!!!- YDM (@youdaman85) April 26, 2021
Wesley Fofana is just something else. To do a shift like he does again and again, without mistake, whilst fasting and breaking his fast during an intense game... hats off to him #LCFC #LEIPAL #Leicester #Ramadan #Suhoor- Ahsan (@ahsanahm3d) April 26, 2021
Huge respect to Fofana. Maintaining his fast whilst going through a high level of physical exertion.- S - Z (@Mystic__SI) April 26, 2021
In the United Kingdom, Ramadan started on 12 April and will run right through until 12 May.
Last Thursday, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers allowed the former Saint-Etienne centre-back to break his fast substituting him for Marc Albrighton after an hour against West Brom.
It was excellent man management skills from Rodgers but he gave full credit to Fofana for the level he has trained and played at during the period of Ramadan.
"It's remarkable. If you think of his performance at the weekend in an FA Cup semi-final, where he hasn't eaten all day and then he had first taste of food with 15 minutes to go, and then the same today, with an 8pm kick-off, he's not eaten all day or drank and he can still perform to that level," Rodgers said last week after the West Brom win, as per Leicester Mercury.
"It was just one where I thought if I could get him off then he could get some food into him on the bench, and just protect him a little bit.
"I've worked with lots of players with devotion to their faiths and for a lot of the guys it gives them strength.
"He's finding an incredible strength to play continuously and train during Ramadan. He's a special talent and a big player for us."