Newcastle to introduce prayer room for Muslim players

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew plans to introduce a prayer room at their training ground. Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa are devout Muslim.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew plans to introduce a prayer room at their training ground.

Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa are devout muslims.

"It’s something I’ve discussed with club secretary Lee Charnley as I think it’s important," he said. "We look after the players and their religious backgrounds.

"Even at the stadium, it’s not an ideal situation. It’s something we’re looking at. Religion plays an important role for some of our players.

"You have to respect that some players have a different religion to most of the footballers in this country. We need different facilities for them. It’s important that whatever the religion, we take care of it and understand it."

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