Faking an injury in a football game is common practice followed by the players on the field. Recently, Tunisian goalkeeper Mouez Hassen was spotted faking his injury during a World Cup warm-up match against Turkey. But, the reason he gave for doing it was quite unique.
According to the reports, Mouez Hassen faked his injury in order to help his teammates break their Ramadan fast.
The incident happened in the 49th minute of the game as Hassen went down following a ‘minor collision’ while facing a corner shot. The footage of that moment has now gone viral on social media.
As the referee signalled for a break to provide treatment to Tunisian goalkeeper, his teammates rushed to the touchline and were seen drinking water and eating dates.
_ : Mouez Hassen (@hassen_mouez) touche lors d’un contact aerien avec un joueur turc,les Aigles de Carthage en profitent pour romprent le jeune avec quelques barres energetiques,des dattes et de l’eau__
#Ramadan #Iftar #TUNTUR ____(2-2) @LBDFootball @tunisiefootball pic.twitter.com/iGYLlijTlm
— Les Aigles de Carthage ___ (@LADC_Officiel) June 3, 2018
Several media reports stated that the players have an “understanding” with the goalkeeper about the fake injury to help break their fast during Ramzan.
Tunisian National team has played the last two friendlies while fasting. So, whenever the time comes to break Fast. The players have an agreement that the GK would go down so they can get a moment to drink some water and get something to eat __#Ramadan #tunisia pic.twitter.com/4Rgz380ukW
— Souhail Khmira (@SKhmira) June 2, 2018
After the incident, Tunisia went onto score two goals but could only manage to draw 2-2 in the friendly tie.
— The GK’s Union (@TheGKsUnion) June 3, 2018
Earlier, during the warm-up game against Portugal, Hassen went down in the 58th minute with an injury and again his teammates were spotted rushing towards touchline to have water and dates.