French Muslim Soccer Players Are Not Fasting

Le Figaro reports that French Muslim professional soccer players Mahamadou Diarra, Karim Benzema and Lassana Diarra are not fasting during this year’s Ramadan period to remain eligible to play for their team, Real Madrid.

Real Madrid Footballers Fast for Ramadan

Three stars from the Real Madrid football club have begun fasting for the month of Ramadan, according to AS. Lassana Diarra, Mahamadou Diarra and Karim Benzema will follow a special program of daytime fasting designed by club doctors to help the players during their intense summer training. Sport reports that Barcelona trio Erical Abidal, Keita and Yaya Toure, all Muslims, will delay their Ramadan fasting to honour their professional commitments with the club.