Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat was spotted eating a banana and drinking water on the sideline during injury time as he broke his fast during Ramadan.
Ramadan started on 23rd March and has been observed by Muslim footballers around the world, with players fasting from dawn to sunset.
Inter Milan hosted Fiorentina on Saturday at the San Siro for a 5pm UK kick-off time, which was a 6pm start time in Italy.
Amrabat came off the bench in the second half and replaced Gaetano Castrovilli for Fiorentina, who secured a stunning 1-0 win on the night against Inter.
With Fiorentina holding a 1-0 advantage in injury time, having taken the lead through Giacomo Bonaventura, Inter pressed hard for a late equaliser.
During injury time, however, Amrabat was spotted on the touchline in the crucial late stages of the match receiving both a banana and water.
The fasting time on 1st April came to an end at 7:35pm UK time, with the sun going down around the final minutes of Inter vs Fiorentina.
Fans are convinced that Fiorentina defender Luca Ranieri was ‘wasting time’ during injury time to allow Amrabat sufficient time to break his fast.
Footage emerged of Ranieri receiving medical treatment, but fans believe he ‘faked the injury’ while his Fiorentina teammate wolfed down his banana and drank some water.
Masuk sejak menit ke-66, Sofyan Amrabat tetap berpuasa di laga vs Inter Milan tadi malam.
Luca Ranieri berpura-pura meminta perawatan tim medis agar memberi kesempatan Amrabat berbuka puasa di penghujung pertandingan.. 🍶🍱pic.twitter.com/lA5Ya7AJjU
— Extra Time Indonesia (@idextratime) April 1, 2023
“Respect and fair play,” one fan said in response to the footage.
Someone else added: “Bros helping bros.”
“I’m [an] atheist and this is perfectly fine to me, LOL. Bro needs to eat,” a third Twitter user wrote.
A fourth commented: “Gotta love this! Well played!”
While one fan simply tweeted: “That’s so nice.”
And another posted: “You love to see it.”
Ramadan will come to an end on 30th April and the Islamic religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr will follow after the 30-day fasting period.
Inter remain third in the league table and are only two points ahead of fourth-place AC Milan, who take on Serie A leaders Napoli on Sunday evening.