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French Football Federation refuses to allow fast-breaking breaks during matches

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Just like last year, the French Football Federation (FFF) will not allow Muslim players in the French league to break their fast during evening matches during the month of Ramadan, which began in France on Monday March 11.

Against the tide of the Netherlands, England and Germany, France continues to stick to its guns, deciding (once again) to oppose the “fast-breaking” break during evening matches, even though it has many Muslim footballers in its ranks, including Moroccan internationals Amine Harit, Azzedine Ounahi, Achraf Hakimi and Zakaria Aboukhlal, to name but a few.

Despite the controversy generated last year for the same reason, the FFF has decided to follow its guiding principle, dictated “by respect for the principles of secularism”.

According to Le Parisien, “the FFF is basing its decision on its statutes (article 1.1) and its code of ethics and deontology to ban all breaks, in the same way as it prohibits the wearing of headscarves. In its view, such a measure contravenes the principle of neutrality and is tantamount to an act of proselytizing or propaganda.

Quoted by the French daily, Eric Borghini, president of the CFA, has decided not to send out any new recommendations to referees or league and district presidents, to avoid any “form of provocation.”

“On the other hand, if we learn that it’s happening again (the match interruptions), we’ll do a reminder. As a pro, I’d be surprised if that happened…” he reminds.

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