Fact Check: Viral Video Showing Football Match Pausing During Azan Is NOT from FIFA WC 2022

A video is doing the rounds on social media, claiming that a match at FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar was paused when Azan was playing.

The video was shared with a caption: Masha Allah fifa worldcup match stop to during azan #qatar #Allah

Here’s the link to the above video.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found it to be old.

We found the same video shared on Twitter, dated January 24, 2018, with a caption: “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 video was also shared by a Twitter account of Dawri Plus — an app that streams Saudi Professional League games — in 2018.

Another report by BBC, dated January 25, 2018, has mentioned that referee Mark Clattenburg stopped the Saudi Arabia Cup match apparently out of respect for the Muslim call to prayer.

According to the report, Clattenburg was officiating a match in Saudi Arabia between Al Feiha and Al-Fateh, when the Adhan sounded around the King Salman Sport City Stadium from nearby mosques. The game was into the fifth minute of extra time when he halted the action with the teams level at 1-1.

Hence, it is clear that the video is old and not related to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022.

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