Muslims around the world are invited to begin their month of Ramadan this Thursday, March 23. A period during which believers are, in particular, invited to fast from dawn to sunset. A rule that is not necessarily compatible with the achievement of significant physical performance. This is why, according to journalists from L'Équipe, the French Football Federation (FFF) has advised players selected for the Euro 2024 qualifying matches to postpone the start of the fasting period until next Tuesday - day after the Ireland/France match.
The Muslim religion allows its followers to postpone certain days of Ramadan or to compensate for the missed days by preparing meals for the poor, especially if fasting is incompatible with their state of health. But, during Euro 2018, Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kanté had decided not to break their month of Ramadan and had respected their fast while training, which sets a precedent within the France team. . However, L'Équipe doubts that the young recruits of the Blues will manage to win from their first selection.