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Moussa Niakhate Thanks Referee For Allowing Him To Break Fast During Bundesliga Game In Amazing Moment

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Moussa Niakhate Thanks Referee For Allowing Him To Break Fast During Bundesliga Game In Amazing Moment

Play was stopped between Augsburg​ and Mainz 05 to allow Moussa Niakhate to break his fast in an amazing moment in the Bundesliga

Muslims around the world are currently observing Ramadan, including Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema who had been fasting all day prior to bagging a hat-trick against Chelsea in the Champions League

Mainz defender Niakhate is also taking part in Ramadan as part of his Muslim faith. 

And the 26-year-old broke his fast during his side's match last week. 


In the 65th minute, match referee Matthias Jollenbeck halted proceedings so Niakhate ​could hydrate himself. 

The short break saw him drink out of two bottles, presumably water and a sports drink. 


After breaking his fast, the Frenchman thanked Jollenbeck ​in a brilliant moment. 

According to SPORT, the occasion marked the first time ever that a top-fight German match had been stopped to allow a player to break their fast. ​

Fans online loved the wholesome moment. 



Lutz Michael Frohlich, director general of communications for the German Referee Committee​, has approved referees stopping games to allow players to break their fast. 

On Monday, he said: "There is no general instruction in this regard, but of course we support our referees allowing such drinking breaks during Ramadan at the request of the players."

Featured Image Credit: Bundesliga

Topics: Football, Bundesliga

Nasir Jabbar
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