The Football Association will abandon its long-held tradition of awarding a case of champagne to the FA Cup winners so as not to offend Muslim players’ religious beliefs which forbid alcohol use.
Daily Mail (h/t Terry D) Jubilant scenes of euphoric players spraying champagne around the winning dressing room following victory in the final have become the norm over the years. But such scenes provide obvious difficulties for Muslim players, even if they do not consume the champagne.
The FA will instead put a case of an alcohol-free champagne substitute in the winning dressing room so players can replicate those spraying celebrations.
Sportsmail understands the FA had considered implementing the change sooner but were fully aware of being branded ‘party-poopers’.
The governing body have done their utmost to tackle the issue of multi-race and multi-faith issues that have become so prevalent in football in recent months. This move underlines their commitment to that work.
Watford face Manchester City in this year’s cup final on May 18. Watford midfielder Abdolulaye Doucoure, along with Manchester City stars Riyad Mahrez, Benjamin Mendy and Ilkay Gundogan follow Islamic faith.