No football match paused for Azan at FIFA World Cup 2022

A video claiming that a match at the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar was paused for Azan has gone viral on social media.

By Sunanda Naik  Published on  30 Nov 2022 5:45 AM GMT
No football match paused for Azan at FIFA World Cup 2022

Hyderabad: A video claiming that a match at the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar was paused for Azan has gone viral on social media.

The video was shared on YouTube with the same claim.

FACT CHECK

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search of the keyframes from the video with the help of Invid tool and found the same video on YouTube uploaded multiple times since 2018. (Watch the videos here and here.)

We also found the same video shared on Twitter on 24 January 2018. "Saudi King's Cup round of 16, extra time, 1-1, the tension is in the air, and all of a sudden - the Mouazin starts and everything stand still. Pretty amazing," the tweet read.

Another similar tweet from 2018 can be seen here.

NewsMeter tried to find media reports on a football match being paused for azan but couldn't find any reports. However, we found a report by BBC from 25 January 2018 that reported, "Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg stopped a Saudi Arabia cup match apparently out of respect for the Muslim call to prayer - and has earned widespread praise from football fans in the country."

It is evident that the viral video of a football game being paused for azan is not from the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022. The video has been doing the rounds since 2018.

Hence, the clam is false.

Claim Review:Match paused for azan in FIFA World Cup 2022
Claimed By:Social media user
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:facebook
Claim Fact Check:False
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