The Football Association in England has scrapped Champagne from its cup final celebrations out of respect for the religious beliefs of some footballers.
Winners of the FA Cup title are usually welcomed by a champagne inside the dressing room as a congratulatory gesture by the governing body. But the beverage will not be offered from this year’s edition between Manchester City and Watford. Instead, an alcohol-free substitute will be provided, so players can still spray the contents over each other.
“This is to ensure that we are as inclusive as possible to players and communities who may be prohibited from alcohol, as well as any players who are under 18,” An FA spokesman explained
Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, Benjamin Mendy and Ilkay Gundogan are among the Muslims who could take part in this year’s final, along with Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure. Islam prohibits the consumption of alcohol.