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Muslims Urged to Drop Opposition to UK Casino Plans

12 September 2005

BIRMINGHAM, England – As reported by the BBC: "Muslims are being urged to drop opposition to a Birmingham super-casino in return for a promise that the project will regenerate a run-down inner city area.

"City council leaders are conducting a charm offensive in an effort to swing support behind Birmingham City Football Club's planned £217 million stadium and casino development at Saltley.

"Ken Hardeman, cabinet regeneration member, has recently met councillors and community leaders from the largely Muslim-populated areas of Bordesley Green, Sparkbrook and Small Heath.

"Coun Hardeman (Con Brandwood) admitted there was concern among people living near to the site of the Blues' new ground, since the Islamic faith bans gambling.

"…The Blues' chance of securing a casino could fall foul of Muslim sensitivities and an emerging cross-party belief that a major gambling centre would be better placed at the National Exhibition Centre in Solihull…"

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