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Thu 24 May 2012 02:35 PM

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English football mulls champagne prize ban

Premier League's sponsor reportedly concerned alcoholic award will offend Muslims

English football mulls champagne prize ban
Champagne is traditionally handed to the best player in English football matches.

The English Premier
League football competition is reportedly considering dropping champagne as its Man of the Match
award in order to avoid offending Muslims.

The move follows an awkward
moment when Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City’s Muslim player Yaya Toure snubbed the traditional prize after his side beat Newcastle in a recent match-up in the top tier competition.

The UK's The Sun newspaper said
sponsors Barclays are behind the decision. “The bank is all over the bottle,
so Barclays wonder whether it is acceptable to give alcohol, given that so many
nationalities are in the league,” the newspaper report, quoting an unnamed

Website Goal.com said the English Premier League had already considered
altering its policy on the grounds of cultural sensitivity.

“We sought advice from
religious groups before concluding that the champagne was treated as a highly
coveted award,” a spokesman in a statement.

Champagne is given to the
outstanding player in any televised game, a tradition that's been in place ever
since the English Premier League was established in 1992. Many clubs also give
a similar award after home games.

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Lionheart 8 years ago

The English Premier League if they have failed to realise is played in England and alcohol is part of English and British culture , those players whose faith does not allow them to accept can politely refuse and then be given something else .
The minority should never dictate that of the majority , unless that is you're living in the skewed politically correct United Kingdom where the indigenous population have less rights than immigrants .

His Excellency Dr Paul 8 years ago

It should be up to the player. Nobody is forcing him to drink it. Let the vast majority of players who love champagne continue to receive it. Anyone who doesn't want it, can have a bottle of milk or tizer or something instead.

It's a tradition, anyone who doesn't like England's traditions doesn't have to play football there.

Mamluke 8 years ago

Its not the minority that is dictating to the majority, its the League considering a new policy to be inclusive of all people.

Go back to you EDL forum.

Freeman 8 years ago

Given that Alcohol has become a huge problem in Britain and especially the cheap booze that has caused binge drinking, I think Alcohol should be banned all together. The UK has one of the highest rates of fatalities from Alcohol and it costs the NHS billions of dollars. I recommend it is stopped and not just on religious grounds.

Skand Bhargava 8 years ago

Taking religion based decisions in such matters is wrong. It sends wrong signals and sets up bad precedence. What next? Will they stop serving beef in the parties because it will hurt the sensibilities of Hindus? That would be ridiculous. I as a Hindu can refuse beef if I allow my religion to dictate my life style, but why should my religous belief deprive christians, muslims and people of other beliefs of their favorite dish?

Telcoguy 8 years ago

"The UK has one of the highest rates of fatalities from Alcohol"
Really? Can you give us some detail on this, you know, something like trusted sources?

Because the ones I can find show UK ranking on position 76th (roughly 200 countries in the world in case you wonder) on a global ranking, with 1.1 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants per year. As a comparison the US ranks 49th with 1.6 Top position goes to El Salvador with over 25, in case you are curious.

This is according to http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com and as far as have checked the numbers match the World Health Organization.

But hey, do not let data interfere with your prejudices, it takes less than 3 minutes to check this in trusted sources (unless of course you think the WHO is part of a vast conspiracy)

diesel 8 years ago

Who said its an English tradition? Sniffing snuff; now that's an English tradition.

michael farley 8 years ago

UAE has one of the highest fatalities in car deaths by local drivers , perhaps you should ban cars,
It is time that the world realised that there are and always will be differences of opinions based on Religion, race and gender, so stop trying to please everybody, it does not work

Harmony 8 years ago

Lst I heard, alcohol was legal in the UK and the county was predominantly Christian. When do the crazy politically correct idiots stop erroding the rights and customs of the indiginous population. It's not like anyone will be force-fed alcohol. That's the beauty of the country - there is currently freedom to choose. Of course that's only at the moment - I despair of a country that wants to give away its traditions to keep the immigrants happy. Can you see the UAE changing its fundamental traditions to avoid upsetting the expats - I think not!

Harmony 8 years ago

@Mamluke - it's rubbish like this that is driving the indigenous population to join the English Defence League. It's not inclusive of the people that want to continue to receive champagne, is it? Who happen to be in the majority at the moment. If you don't like the culture, don't go there, don't buy English clubs - invest in Al Wasl.