France midfielder Paul Pogba removed a bottle of Heineken beer that had been placed in front of him at a Euro 2020 news conference on Tuesday, a day after Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo moved aside Coca-Cola bottles in a similar set-up.
Pogba, a practising Muslim, removed the bottle when he sat down to speak to the media after he was named ‘Man of the Match’ in France’s 1-0 Group F win over Germany.
Reuters has request comment from Heineken, who are one of the official sponsors of Euro 2020.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portugal captain removed two bottles of Coca-Cola kept in front of him at Monday’s Euro 2020 press conference, encouraging people to drink water instead.
The 36-year-old moved the cola bottles aside as he sat down to speak to the media before Tuesday’s Group F opener against Hungary.
He followed it by holding a bottle of water before shouting in Portuguese: ‘Agua!’
Almost immediately the share price of Coca-Cola dropped by almost a dollar wiping off $4 billion from the multinationals market value.
Both Coca-Cola and Heineken, ,amongst the sponsors of Euro 2020 Coca-Cola, could not immediately be reached by Reuters for a comment.