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Referee stops match to break Ramadan fast

ESPN staff
August 5, 2013

One of the odder stories in recent days comes from Senegal where a referee stopped a game to break his Ramadan fast.

The game between Casa Sport and Yeggo was half-an-hour old when referee Ousseynou Gueye suspended play so his officials could have a drink and eat on the side of the pitch. Despite being heckled by spectators, Gueye finished his snack before resuming.

"Legally, it is not possible to stop a match to break the fast," he said afterwards. "But you can enjoy a break in the game to meet a health need. The human body needs water."

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