WSL Allows Muslim Players to Break Fast During Matches
Health and safety take center stage this year as match officials across the Premier League, EFL, Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have been instructed to let Muslim players break their fast with liquids, energy gels or nutritional supplements during a natural pause in play.
Ramadan is a holy period observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting and community. Minority players fasting during football season find the new guidance vital and timely.
Yashmin Harun BEM, the Muslimah Sports Association Chair and London FA director, said the move celebrates the diversity of football in England and hoped it will extend down to grassroots and amateur games. Sikh referee in English league football history, Jarnail Singh, supports the decision as it emphasizes welfare and safety. He likened it to the rule of allowing water breaks during hot summer games, which exist to keep players safe.
The initiative’s relief and timeliness are critical for minority players who fast during football season. The advisory also extends to fasting match officials, for whom the new guidance can also provide relief.
Timeline Highlighting South Asian Female Football Players Launched
The innovative timeline, exhibition, and digital platform spotlight the history of South Asian heritage female football players in the modern English game. They feature 20 current and former players who laid out a path for the next generation to reach greater heights. The timeline celebrates diversity in women’s football, commemorating Sky Sports’ groundbreaking affiliation with Sporting Equals. The exhibit includes inspiring women role models who turned dreamers into believers.
Yashmin Harun BEM is a pioneer in this field and endorses the initiative due to the importance of recognizing the history of South Asian female players in the game. She is optimistic that monumental players who are changing the game and paving the way for the next generation will continue to inspire female football players globally.
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