Ramadan: Super Eagles Star's Clubmate Leaves National Team Squad Over Fasting Ban

Ramadan: Super Eagles Star's Clubmate Leaves National Team Squad Over Fasting Ban

  • The French Football Federation has sparked controversy by reportedly forcing Mahamadou Diawara to depart national team camp
  • Legit.ng reports that Diawara is a clubmate of Gift Orban, the 21-year-old Super Eagles of Nigeria striker
  • Diawara, a midfielder, was recently spotted training with Lyon, raising questions about whether he is still part of the French under-19 team

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering sports and football.

Paris, France - Lyon star, Mahamadou Diawara has left the French Under-19 (B-19) squad.

As reported by The New Straits Times, this was after Diawara disagreed with the new regulations of the French Football Federation (FFF) that prohibit Muslim players from fasting during Ramadan while training with the national squad.

According to Instant Foot, via @Djamel, Diawara was removed from the squad list because he declined to halt his fasting, with some players said to have been informed of the decision before arriving at the training camp.

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France under-20 star Mahamadou Diawara returns to Lyon amid camp's alleged insensitivity during Ramadan
French Football Federation ban Ramadan-observing players from training. Photo credit: Arnaud Finistre
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ESPN noted that the FFF have confirmed Diawara's return to his club and have called up Nantes' Dehmaine Tabibou Assoumani as his replacement.

Every French national team head coach, from U16 boss Lionel Rouxel to senior head coach Didier Deschamps, told their players the new rules at the start of the international break.

An agent representing several players in the French youth and senior squads was quoted to have said:

"Some players are not happy with this decision.
"They believe that their religion is not respected and that they are not respected either. Some don't want to cause a fuss but Mahamadou was not happy with it so he left."

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.

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