Footballer Paul Pogba is seen making a quiet prayer amidst his match.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba said on Monday reports claiming he had retired from international duty in protest against French President Emmanuel Macron's comments about radical Islam were "fake news".
According to reports in the Middle East picked up by British tabloid “The Sun”, World Cup winner Pogba wanted to end his international career after Macron vowed to take the fight to Islamic radicals after the October 16 beheading of history teacher Samuel Paty.
"Unacceptable, fake news," Pogba, a converted Muslim, posted on Instagram with a screenshot of The Sun's article.
Paty had shown cartoons of the Holy Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) to pupils in a class discussion on free speech in a school near Paris.
Macron's comments triggered protests in Muslim-majority countries at the weekend, with people burning pictures of Macron in Syria and setting fire to French flags in the Libyan capital Tripoli.
Pogba won the World Cup in Russia in 2018, with Les Bleus' next fixture a friendly with Finland on November 11 ahead of Nations League meetings with Portugal and Sweden.
United's next match is Wednesday's Champions League group game against RB Leipzig at Old Trafford.
Paris Saint-Germain won the French Ligue 1 title for a sixth time in seven seasons on Sunday after second-placed Lille could only draw 0-0 at Toulouse.
The 35-year-old, who has been a Ligue 2 referee since 2014, was appointed by the French Football Federation to help referees involved in this year's Women's World Cup "prepare in the best conditions."
Paris Saint-Germain have another chance to wrap up the French Ligue 1 title on Sunday as Thomas Tuchel’s side travel to second-placed Lille requiring just a point to finish the job.
The naming of the twins was never in doubt, said their dad, Walter Rotundo, who has a tattoo of Maradona on his back and proudly shows a photograph of the soccer star holding a picture of the two girls as infants.
A Doug Watson-trained Galvanize sprinted to a facile victory under jockey Nathan Crosse at the Dhs200,000 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup, a 1700m handicap and the only Thoroughbred race on the six-card meeting.
Al Ain coach Pedro Emanuel was delighted after a 1-0 victory against Al Wahda in their Arabian Gulf League (AGL) match on Friday. Rayan Yaslam was on target as Al Ain eked out a narrow victory against Al Wahda.