Jewish leaders have backed the idea of prayer rooms at AFL venues, saying they sympathise with Islamic fans wanting to pray and barrack, as Jeff Kennett continued to fan the issue.

The Catholic church did not comment, but irascible retired priest Bob McGuire said he saw nothing wrong with it. He said corporate hot-shots had their "prayer rooms" at the football "behind the glass partitions".

He said AFL scoreboards should be used to encourage people to use the interfaith rooms and atheists could even go and "slump in the corner and ponder the universe".

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