See how Tunisian players fracture their Ramadan fast during a pre-World Cup friendly (video)
– Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen reportedly fakes injury to break fast
– The Nice goalie pretended in their warm up matches against Portugal and Turkey
– The Tunisia Football Federation are yet to make a statement on the allegation
Tunisia’s national goalkeeper Mouez Hassen faked injuries during World Cup training matches so his teammates could break their Ramadan fasts.
Hassen went down early in the second half of Tunisia’s warm up games against Portugal and Turkey coinciding with sunset, which is when Ramadan fasting ends.
On both occasions, his teammates had to rush to the sidelines to eat dates and drink water before getting back to the field again.
During their first match against Portugal, the Nice shoot-stopper went down in the 58th-minute with an injury.
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Just six minutes later, the North African team who are in England’s group at the World Cup scored and the game finished 2-2.
In a similar fashion against the Turks, Hassen lay flat on his back in the 49th-minute, allowing his team-mates to leave the pitch for food and water as the match would also finish 2-2.
Tunisian sports reporters were the first to point out that Hassen’s injuries both coincided with with the method of breaking fast.
Souhail Khmira who is a freelance writer tweeted that there is ‘an agreement’ between the players and their goalkeeper to break their fast in this way.
It does not appear that Turkey, another mostly Muslim nation, had any such arrangement in place when they played Tunisia.