Blackburn first UK football club to host Eid prayerson May 2, 2022 at 2:28 pm

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The Championship side are the first UK football club to host Eid prayers

Eid prayers at Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers has become the first football club in the UK to host Eid prayers as 2,000 people celebrated on the pitch.

Men and women started arriving from 08:30 BST at Ewood Park to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Extra plastic sheeting had to be put down as more people arrived. Eid gatherings after a month of fasting are normally held in mosques.

The Championship side played at home on Saturday afternoon but lost 3-0.

They became the first football club in the UK to host Eid.

Eid prayers at Ewood Park

Yasir Sufi, integration manager at the club, said: “We live and breathe, one town, one club, one community.

“An event like this shows this better than anything else.

“It shows that we are all one, no matter who you are or what your identity is, the football club is somewhere where you belong.”

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