Press Release from Christian Voice
10th May 2011
FOOTBALL FINALS IN WEMBLEY HALAL PROTEST
The FA Cup Final and the Champions League showdown will be the focus of protests against the secret sale of halal food in Wembley Stadium, a campaigning group said today.
The campaign, which will see information leaflets given out around Wembley Stadium on match- days, also takes in the npower Championship Playoff and England v Switzerland.
Christian Voice, a national pressure group, is urging fans to boycott the food on sale inside Wembley Stadium because a proportion of it is halal - Muslim ritually-slaughtered. Wembley Stadium and their caterers, Delaware North, have refused to say how much of the chicken, lamb and beef on sale is halal and do not give fans a choice by labelling the halal produce.
The group are urging fans to eat at the burger bars outside the Stadium, which have all guaranteed that their food is non-halal, and to complain to Wembley's MD, Roger Maslin.
Stephen Green, National Director of Christian Voice, said today:
"It should concern all of us that our national football stadium is serving up meat from animals which have been ritually slaughtered according to Islamic Sharia law. Wembley Stadium and the FA are showing contempt for the fan in the stand by refusing to identify such meat.
"That is why we are urging fans to boycott the meals on sale inside the Stadium and to eat at the fast-food outlets in Olympic Way and Stadium Way, where we know the meals are non-halal - and cheaper.
"It matters for two reasons. Firstly, we all need to stand up against creeping Islamification in Britain today. Halal food is part of that Islamifying process. Secondly, people have a right to know what they are eating. The Stadium and their caterers should have the honesty to tell them."
Christian Voice members will be handing out leaflets along Olympic Way to fans at all four events, beginning with the FA Cup Final on Saturday. The campaign will continue two weeks later at the Champions League Final, the npower Championship Playoff on Bank Holiday Monday and England v Switzerland on 4th June, or until the Stadium withdraw halal food.
Stephen Green concluded:
"We began this campaign at the England v Ghana friendly and have not missed a match since. Fans have been very supportive of our campaign with many thanking us for the information. Our message is clear:
"1 BOYCOTT WEMBLEY STADIUM 'S HALAL FOOD
"2 SAY NO! TO CREEPING SHARIA LAW AND NO! TO ISLAM BY THE BACK DOOR
"3 EAT OUTSIDE THE STADIUM
"4 COMPLAIN TO Wembley Stadium's management.
"Our leaflet gives all the details about how and who to complain to. It also shares about Britain's Christian heritage and Christianity itself. And it explains the halal issue so no-one can be in any doubt about its importance. Our hope and prayer is that Wembley will follow the example of Twickenham and Royal Ascot and stop imposing halal food on those who pay a lot of money to keep it open."
Times of meeting:
28th May (Champions League - Man U v Barcelona) Leafleting from 5.00pm to 7.45pm (kick-off 7.45pm).
30th May (Championship Play-Off - Reading v Swansea) Leafleting from 12.00noon to 2.45pm (kick-off 3pm).
4th June (England v Switzerland) Leafleting from 2.00pm to 4.45pm (kick-off 5pm).
JOB DONE AT FA CUP FINAL
WHERE YOU CAN EAT AT WEMBLEY
TEXT OF LEAFLET
TEXT OF LEAFLET IN SPANISH
Further Information from Stephen Green on 07931 490050 or 01994 484545