Muslim stars such as Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko and Karim Benzema could be affected with Ramadan set to begin during World Cup for first time since 1986

  • Islamic holy month begins on June 28, the first day of Second Round matches
  • Muslims are expected to fast during the hours of daylight
  • Several Premier League players including Marouane Fellaini, Moussa Dembele and Cheick Tiote are followers of the faith

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Brothers in arms: Ivory Coast duo Yaya (left) and Kolo Toure are followers of Islam

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema is one of France's high-profile Muslim stars

Switzerland forward Xherdan Shaqiri is another European star of Muslim faith

Faith: Edin Dzeko is one of many Bosnian squad members who are followers of Islam

Belief: Kolo Toure (centre) says Ramadan can actually make players stronger

1 reply

  1. As during travel fasting is not permitted / obligatory these football stars may well skip the fast during the world cup (as they are ‘on travel’ and not at home) and fast the relevant days later.

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