The French Football Federation has sent an email to all referees in France to remind them that it is forbidden to interrupt a match for breaking the Ramadan fast.
The strong choice of the Premier League has not been emulated. Premier League and English Football League referees were told last week to halt early evening matches in the UK to allow Muslim players to break their fast during the month of Ramadan. A position which was not followed by the authorities in France.
The LFP did not first give any instructions to this effect to its referees. And the French Federation was firmer by expressly asking its referees not to interrupt the meetings for breaking the fast. “It has been brought to the attention of the Federation of match interruptions following the breaking of the Ramadan fast. These interruptions do not respect the provisions of the statutes of the FFF “thus informed the Federation in an email sent to the referees.
And the 3F to recall the charter which binds players, teams or referees, and in particular article 1 of the statutes. “This article recalls the principle of the neutrality of football in the places where it is played, which also appears in point 6 of the Charter of Ethics and Deontology of Football, which provides that football does not take into account political, religious, ideological considerations. or trade unionists of its actors”, can we read in the mail.
Official mail from the FFF sent to all the referees in France to prevent us from interrupting the matches to cut the Ramadan fast for the Muslim footballer @lequipe @ActuFoot_ @LatourBertrand @pierre_maturana @Nabil_djellit @sofoot @RMCsport @francefootball #Ramadan2023 pic.twitter.com/l64mLTHyRH
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