Is Fasting For Ramadan Dangerous At The World Cup?Matt McCarthy7/02/14 2:26pmFiled to: medspinappic2014 world cupramadanRegressing271EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkIt's bad enough that these guys have to play in the Amazon. The weather in Brazil is so preposterously hot and humid that FIFA instituted cooling breaks so players wouldn't keel over and die during games. But what are the World Cup's Muslim players supposed to do now that Ramadan is here? The month-long religious fast—which lasts from Saturday, June 28th through the evening of Monday, July 28—puts some of the game's top players in a difficult, potentially dangerous situation, possibly more so at Brazil's World Cup than in other pro sports settings. In addition to abstaining from eating and drinking, observant Muslims are also supposed to refrain from smoking and sexual relations from dawn to sunset.1 But those fall more or less in line with what a lot of teams require anyway. The decision to fast, though, won't just affect one or two guys. Three players on Belgium's squad—Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj and Eden Hazard—as well as France's Karim Benzema and Paul Pogba could potentially be affected. Others, like Germany's Mesut Ozil will make exceptions for the World Cup.2 (Algeria's team, made up exclusively of Muslim players, reportedly received an exemption before Monday's loss to Germany; their coach said fasting was a ''private issue and players will do exactly as they wish.'') It's the first time in twenty-eight years that the religious fast overlaps with the World Cup—the last time it happened was in Mexico in 1986—and nobody really knows what to expect. So just how dangerous is it to play soccer while observing Ramadan?