By Sami Mokbel for the Daily Mail
Published: 21:00 BST, 24 April 2019 | Updated: 21:00 BST, 24 April 2019
The Football Association's decision to scrap their tradition of awarding the FA Cup winners a case of champagne out of respect for players' religious beliefs has received widespread support.
The Daily Mail exclusively revealed on Tuesday that English football's governing body have abandoned the congratulatory gesture so not to offend players whose religious beliefs forbid alcohol use.
The Muslim faith strictly prohibits alcohol, while it is not recommended in other religions.
The FA have abandoned their tradition of awarding the FA Cup winners a case of champagne
The move has been met with some criticism on social media, with many feeling the FA are being over politically correct.
But the FA's change in protocol was substantially backed by various figures on Wednesday.
In statement provided to Sportsmail, Anas Altikriti, president of the Muslim Association of Britain, offered his full backing to the FA's change in policy.
'Such a move can only be seen as a positive step in the direction of inclusiveness and opening the game to everyone whilst accommodating for their different backgrounds and beliefs,' said Altikriti.