The Muslim Premier League; BBC One Documentary (12:20pm)

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The BBC will broadcast a documentary this afternoon looking at Muslims playing in the Premier League.

Twenty years ago there were no Muslims in the Premier League. Now there are nearly 40 – enough for three football teams.

To mark the start of Ramadan, this programme explores what impact Muslim players are having on the English game.

Narrated by Colin Murray and featuring football stars including Demba Ba and Abou Diaby, it becomes clear that faith is still alive and kicking – on and off the pitch.

But how has a profession, with a reputation for nightclub brawls, boozing and excess, dealt with teetotal players who value prayer and fasting?

Managers and football commentators including Arsene Wenger, Sam Allardyce and Henry Winter explain how clubs have adapted to accommodate a diversity of faiths. And fans share what they really think of fasting – including what inspired 40,000 Newcastle supporters to start singing about Ramadan.

The programme follows Ali al Habsi as Wigan Athletic triumphs in the FA Cup, and discovers why a goal scored by Wigan is celebrated across the Middle East.

The half-hour documentary is on BBC One at 12.20pm this afternoon!

Posted on Sunday 7 July 2013
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