The Muslim event Ramadan arrives right before the Euro 2016 Championships this summer, and Mesut Özil – being Muslim himself – revealed on Germany’s official website that he would not be fasting this year.
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The 30 day event usually comes with extensive fasting, starting this summer on Tuesday 7 June. This is just three days before the start of the Euros, and will run for pretty much the entire competition.
There are a number of Muslim players set to compete in the competition, but with the exertion of matches, the heat, and the intensive training sessions, it’s just not possible to fast.
It would be incredibly dangerous to the players’ health were they to head into a 90 minute game without food or fluids, and could potentially cause serious injury.
Özil therefore revealed that he wouldn’t be able to participate this year, as fasting just wouldn’t be possible.
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“The weather is too warm in summer. We have intense workouts and games, so it is impossible to fast for me,” he said.
This is great news for both Arsenal and Germany fans, who will both want to see the playmaker at his best. He will no doubt be a key player for his national side once again, and will be looking to add the Euro 2016 winners medal to the World Cup he won in 2014.
Arsenal fans meanwhile, will want him to remain injury free over the summer and be ready for a new season in the Premier League.
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Germany will be among the favourites for the competition, and if they are to win it then Özil will almost certainly play a massive part.