Ramadan: History made as Moussa Niakhate breaks fast in Augsburg v Mainz 05

Augsburg beat Mainz 05 in their Bundesliga clash at the Augsburg Arena last Wednesday.

Jeffrey Gouweleeuw gave Augsburg the lead from the penalty spot in the 11th minute.

Mainz 05 battled back and restored parity nine minutes after half-time when Silvan Widmer found the back of the net.

The score wasn’t level for long, though, as Augsburg took the lead again two minutes later through Ruben Vargas.

There were no further goals as Augsburg held on to a slender victory.

History was made during the game as play was halted in the second half.

Ramadan started at the beginning of April and millions of Muslims around the world are taking part.

MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY РAPRIL 03: Moussa Niakhate of Mainz 05 in action during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Mönchengladbach and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Borussia-Park on April 03, 2022 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

During the month of Ramadan, those partaking must not eat or drink anything during hours of daylight.

One of Augsburg’s players, Moussa Niakhat√©, is following the rules this month.

In the 65th minute, the sun set and the referee for the game, Matthias Jöllenbeck, was asked to halt play so Niakhate could break his fast.

And the referee obliged, marking the first time ever that a Bundesliga game had been stopped to allow a player to break their fast for Ramadan, per Sport.

View the moment below…

Niakhate took on some fluids before shaking hands with Jöllenbeck in a wholesome moment.

There were more examples of referees allowing players to break their fast in the Bundesliga this weekend.

In RB Leipzig’s 3-0 victory over Hoffenheim on Sunday, referee Bastian Dankert allowed Mohamed Siamakan a few minutes to hydrate.

These decisions from referees have been met by approval from the German Football Federation.

Lutz Michael Fr√∂hlich, director general of communications for the German Referee Committee, said on Monday: “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.”

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