Iranian footballer sacked for failing to observe fasting

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  1. Major

    Major Cornered Tiger

    Apr 28, 2010
    TEHRAN: As much focus is given to the dietary requirements of a modern day elite athlete as is to the actual skill level.

    So the holy month of Ramadan, with its compulsion to fast from dawn until dusk, can wreak havoc with the training programme of Muslim sportsmen and woman.
    In England, certainly, coaches would endeavor to bypass the rules to ensure optimum output from their athletes.

    Elsewhere, the very thought of breaking with tradition is met with severe punishment.

    So it was on Sunday that an Iranian football team sacked their star midfielder Ali Karimi for failing to fast.

    A statement on Steel Azin FC's official website said: 'The club has been forced to sack one of its players, Ali Karimi, for being disobedient and not fasting during Ramadan.'

    It continued: '[Ali Karimi] insulted officials of the [Iranian] football federation and the Tehran team's supervisor who confronted him on the issue'.

    Karimi, dubbed the 'Maradona of Asia', is the second most capped player in the Iran's history and was named that Asian Player of the Year in 2004

    The issue of fasting, which is intended to enrich the soul of the Muslim people through self-discipline and sacrifice, has reared its head in football before.

    Then Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho blamed a player's fasting on his lack of energy during a match and substituted him after just half an hour. Mourinho later said Sulley Muntari should not have been fasting.

    In Spain, former Tottenham player Freddie Kanoute is working with is new team Sevilla to devise a suitable nutritional plan to help him cope in the Mediterranean heat during Ramadan.

    An agreement is in place in Germany, where Karimi played for two years, after a dispute last year between a team and three of its players. Authorities ruled in favour of the club that failing to eat would affect performance and therefore income.

    Ramadan started in Iran on Thursday and under national laws all Muslims are required to observe the holy month. Those who do not fast, including non-Muslims, are expected to refrain from eating or drinking in public.

    The issue is likely to cause problems during the Olympics in London in two years time as the Games fall during the holy month. London are expecting as many as 3,000 Muslim athletes to compete.
  2. Yaser

    Yaser Youngsta Beauty

    Apr 8, 2010
    It's ultimately about will-power and perhaps the Iranians are a little draconian, but they've got their priorities right.

    And Kanoute is a legend; I know La Liga's mostly played in the evening, after Iftar, but it still takes some dedication to train whilst fasting. There are quite a few in the English leagues who observe Fast too.
  3. Qazaa

    Qazaa Youngsta Beauty

    Jan 20, 2010
    Ive played football during the month of Ramadhan and it was with a local 11 a side team.

    I can assure you it was very tought on the system. I hate to imagine what a professioanl footballer would feel like to keep fast during a game!

    Nevertheless, the money these guys make these should be no issue walking away from football for one month.

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