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FA scrap alcoholic champagne for cup winners in bid to be more inclusive | Football News

Last Updated: 24/04/19 11:29am

Champagne will be replaced with a non-alcoholic alternative from now on

Champagne will be replaced with a non-alcoholic alternative from now on

Champagne will be replaced with a non-alcoholic alternative from now on

The Football Association will award non-alcoholic ‘champagne’ to the winners of all future FA competitions in a bid to be “as inclusive as possible”.

The tradition of handing alcoholic champagne to players and staff of the winning team at events, such as the FA Cup final, will be scrapped, starting at next month’s final between Manchester City and Watford.

The move is designed to allow the inclusion of those whose religious beliefs forbid the consumption of alcohol, players who are tee-total, or others who are under the legal drinking age of 18.

Antonio Conte sprays champagne over his Chelsea players after last year's FA Cup final Antonio Conte sprays champagne over his Chelsea players after last year's FA Cup final

Antonio Conte sprays champagne over his Chelsea players after last year’s FA Cup final

An FA statement read: “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.”

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