Your basket

Join The FSA

Fans for Diversity: Understanding fasting

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Fans for Diversity campaign manager Anwar Uddin was at an event in Bradford recently which looked at increasing Asian participation in football and the impact of Ramadan. Here, he tells us more about the evening…

Last week, together with FSF-affiliates the Bangla Bantams, we met around 50 people from Bradford and Leeds – including members of the county FA, police and supporter groups.

As it’s the holy month of Ramadan, most of the Bangla Bantams supporter group have been fasting from dawn to sunset. So at 9.45pm they came together to share a meal with everyone attending the event to celebrate Iftar, the breaking of the fast.

This year, Ramadan runs from mid-June to mid-July making the duration of the daily fast Britain more than 15 hours. This represents a real test to Muslims taking part in the fast.

Fasting around football, whether playing or watching, is one of the challenges of being a football fan and practising Muslim. Non-Muslim fans who attended the event got a real insight into Ramadan on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year.

Humayun Islam, co-founder of the Bangla Bantams, spoke to the audience about football and fasting, providing an overview of Ramadan, explaining why it’s observed and the impact it has on football.

The evening concluded with a well-deserved meal and drink, giving fans the opportunity to network and share their experiences of the day – we rounded the day off with a ‘Young vs Old’ football at 1am (which us oldies won!).

Hopefully everyone went away with a greater understanding of how fasting can affect individuals, fans and the players we all adore from the terraces every week.

Everyone from Bradford, Leeds and Huddersfield area, Muslims and non-Muslims alike got involved to enhance their understanding of Ramadan. That’s what football’s all about – bringing people together.

Related Articles

A little understanding goes a long way

At the FSA we’re keen to promote the best practice when it comes to clubs talking to their supporters, as the benefits of engaging with fans are obvious – at least to us. One tool that’s become increasingly common in formalising those discussions is the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Fans for Diversity helps older fans reconnect

The Fans for Diversity campaign is helping older fans around Worcester who’ve lost touch with live football reconnect with their club.

Fans for Diversity: England fans in Russia exhibition

A photography exhibition capturing England fans following the Three Lions across Russia during the 2018 World Cup will be launched in London this month.

Register now: Fans for Diversity Conference

The FSA and Kick it Out would love to see you at the Fans for Diversity Conference on 20th September, an afternoon celebrating fans who make a difference in the game, so get the date in your diaries.

Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund


  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • SD Europe