FA Cup final: Football Association scraps champagne for winners due to religious beliefs

FA Cup final: Football Association scraps champagne for winners due to religious beliefs

- FA Cup final is upon us and ahead of the big one, the Football Association have banned the use of champagne to celebrate the title

- This is because of the religious beliefs of some Premier League stars

- Reigning EPL champions Manchester City will face Watford in next month's FA Cup final

The Football Association in England has now ended the tradition of giving out a congratulatory champagne to winners of the title due to the religious beliefs of some players.

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 gesture will no longer be in existence as the FA board have now taken a decision to stop it so as not to offend players whose religion beliefs forbid alcohol.

FA made it clear that alcohol-free substitute will be given to the winners so the successful squad can still spray the contents around and over each other in celebration.

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“Winning teams will be awarded with non-alcoholic champagne for their celebrations in all FA competitions, starting from this year’s Emirates FA Cup Final.

“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 according to UK Sun.

Meanwhile, May 18 is the final of the 2019 English FA Cup, and the encounter will be between Manchester City and Watford.

Manchester City are also fighting to retain their Premier League title this season with four games to end the season.

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Tottenham Hotspur were through to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in history after edging Manchester City out on away goal rule.

Spurs scored three goals at the Etihad Stadium after winning the first leg 1-0 at their new stadium to go through 4-4 on aggregate.

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