Muslim footballers face Ramadaan dilemma

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Philip O’Connor RECIFE: With the knockout rounds of the World Cup coinciding with the beginning of Ramadaan, Muslim players must decide whether to observe the month-long religious fast which begins this weekend. France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Algeria and Nigeria are among the teams that have Muslim players who may choose to observe the 30-day period of fasting and reflection. During Ramadaan, the ninth and holiest month in the Islamic calendar, all healthy adult Muslims are expected to refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. Such a scenario could play havoc with the tightly-controlled diets…

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