sport news Religious leaders back the FA's champagne ban

Religious leaders back the FA's champagne ban: 'Such a move can only be seen as a positive step in the direction of inclusiveness' The Daily Mail revealed that the FA have abandoned the congratulatory gesture It was srcapped so not to offend stars whose religious beliefs forbid alcohol use The move by FA has been met with some criticism recently on social media  The FA's change in protocol was substantially backed by various figures however

By Sami Mokbel for the Daily Mail

Published: 21:00 BST, 24 April 2019 | Updated: 21:00 BST, 24 April 2019

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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 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.

A statement

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