Tunisia goalie 'fakes' injury during match so teammates can break Ramzan fast

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jun 5, 2018, 11:19 am IST
Updated Jun 5, 2018, 11:23 am IST
Reports say Mouez Hassen went down in second half of Tunisia’s World Cup warm-up games against both Portugal, Turkey coinciding with sunset.
Hassen has since been teased on Twitter, including by fellow footballer Chaker Alhadhur, who joked: 'It's all right now, we know you were pretending.' (Facebook Screengrab/ Mouez Hassen)
 Hassen has since been teased on Twitter, including by fellow footballer Chaker Alhadhur, who joked: 'It's all right now, we know you were pretending.' (Facebook Screengrab/ Mouez Hassen)

Tunisia's national goalkeeper Mouez Hassen appeared to feign injuries during World Cup practice matches so his teammates could break their Ramadan fasts.

According to reports, he went down early in the second half of Tunisia’s games against both Portugal and Turkey coinciding with sunset, which is when the Ramzan fasting ends.

 

It turns out that during both occasions, his ‘injury’ allowed his teammates to rush to the sidelines to eat dates and drink water before taking to the field again.

During their first match against Portugal, keeper Hassen went down in the 58th-minute with an 'injury'. Just six minutes later, Tunisia - who are in England's group at the World Cup - scored and the game finished 2-2. 

On Saturday too, in their match against Turkey, Hassen suddenly was seen lying flat on his back after a corner in the 49th-minute, allowing his team-mates to leave the pitch for food and water. He stayed down for around a minute.

 

That match also finished 2-2.

Tunisian sports reporters were the first to point out that Hassen's injuries both coincided with sunset, which is when Iftar - or the breaking of the fast - begins.

Hassen has since been teased on Twitter, including by fellow footballer Chaker Alhadhur, who joked: 'It's all right now, we know you were pretending.'

In response, Hassen tweeted 'I was injured bruv' alongside laughing emojis.

Hassen was not punished during either game by the on-field officials, and is unlikely to face any subsequent punishment because proving the injury was not genuine is virtually impossible.

 

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