BARNSLEY football boss Simon Davey is risking a fatwa after sidelining a Muslim player.

French-born winger Mounir El Haimour, one of the Championship team’s top stars, was dropped for starving himself during Ramadan.

The 27-year-old has been warming the bench after suffering a dramatic loss of form during September’s holy month.

Yesterday manager Davey said the devout player’s fasting is affecting his football, as Muslims must abstain from all food and drink during daylight hours.

Haimour signed for £200,000 from Swiss club NE Xamax and Davey, 37, said: “It’s difficult for him, but as a football manager I need everyone at 100%.’’

But an angry fan wrote on an Islamic website: “The attitude of his manager is what we’ve come to expect from non-believers. He should be warned of the dangers of insulting Islam.’’
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