If Mahmoud Ahmedinejad had a problem with Germany yesterday because of a prognosticating pulpo, I can only imagine how ticked off he is today. Because today, in Germany, it was announced that an agreement was reached between football authorities and a Muslim group that players may break their fast during Ramadan if necessary to play a match.
Ramadan, for those not disposed to know what the Islamic calendar is like, is the Islamic month of fasting. As it follows a lunar cycle, it does not occur at a set time each year. The fasting takes place during the day, and in some Muslim countries there are civic penalties to pay for eating during the day. Suffice it to say, they take this seriously.
In 2010, Ramadan runs from mid-August to early September. In 2011, it uses most of the month of August. (Worth watching–if my math holds, in 2014 Ramadan will be smack in the middle of the World Cup)
Which is why,when German second division club FSV Frankfurt pursued formal sanctions on three of its players for fasting during Ramadan last year, a solution had to be found. Eventually a theological institute in Egypt ruled that if football is the only source of a player’s income, and if he needs to eat during the day in order to play, then that player may break fasting.
So far, this ruling only applies to Germany, as far as I know, so you’ll still have to adjust your fantasy football and baseball lineups accordingly.