Inter Milan coach Jose' Mourinho has spurred a fresh flap by suggesting that a Muslim midfielder had a poor game after drinking too little because of Ramadan.

Speaking after Sunday's lacklustre 1-1 draw with newly promoted Bari, the Portuguese coach said: "(Sulley) Muntari had some problems related to Ramadan - perhaps with this heat it's not good for him to be doing this (fasting)".

The suggestion did not go down well with Italy's Muslims. "I think Mourinho should talk a bit less," said Mohamed Nour Dachan, head of one of the country's main Muslim associations, UCOII.

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