With the high profile UEFA Champions League final around the corner, there have been questions on the complete fitness level of Leverpool FC players Mohammad Salah and Sadio Mane who both fast during holy month of Ramadan.
Egyptian Salah and Senegalese Mane are proud Muslims and show their faith in their goal celebrations.
Last season the pair were also due to fast during the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
At the time Jurgen Klopp said, “I have no problem with my players fasting. I respect their religion they were always amazing whether they were fasting or not. There are days when Mane or Salah come late to the dressing room because they were praying There are many things more important than football”.
“Religion is private, how I understand it. Nothing to say about that but all fine, you will see him out there. In training he is full of power – you need to be the day before a final,” he had added.
It is understood, by the Liverpool Echo, that Salah didn’t follow the fast in Kiev.
Under Islamic teachings, it is permissible to break your fast “with anything that is adequate need” or if you are travelling during the day.
But Liverpool ’s physio Ruben Pons explained: “We were in Marbella and the nutritionist established a work plan.
“Tomorrow and the day of the match he won’t fast, so it’s not going to affect him.”
Fasting by Muslim players in the World of football is not new thing with Ajax FC players recently breaking their fast in the middle of Champions League semifinal. Previously there have been lot of other examples.