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Religious leaders are happy after FA’s champagne ban

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea sprays his team with Champagne following his sides victory in The Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The traditional celebration will change starting this year after the Football Association has abandoned the tradition of awarding the winners with a case of champagne.

Traditionally, when a team wins an English Football Association (FA) competition wins a trophy, they are awarded a case of champagne.

But starting this year, the FA has decided not to abandon this tradition, in order to be more inclusive of players who have different religious believes.

And this has pushed some religious leaders to applaud the FA’s decision.

“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 Anas Altikriti, president of the Muslim Association of Britain, to The Daily Mail.

“We have all recently seen high profile discriminatory incidents in men’s and women’s football towards players from many diverse communities including those from the Muslim faith,” the Muslim Council of Britain added.

“This policy change by The FA is a welcome move which allows for a more inclusive celebration for the winning teams and hopefully a more inclusive game in the future,” Rabbi Alex Goldberg, president of the FA’s Faith Network said.

“Anything that encourages inclusivity, for people of different religious and ethnic backgrounds to join the national sport is positive.”

“Celebrating with the champagne made sense some time ago, but the FA are moving to protect diversity,” he added.

“One thing football does is unite people, we need messages that shows everyone is welcome to play,” said Piara Powell, executive director of the Fare network.

“The FA has made a judgment as to whether leaving a crate of champagne in the dressing room of the FA Cup winning team is in keeping with the message they want to send out about a more inclusive sport. I think it is a sound decision.”