After the controversy triggered by the gesture of footballer Paul Pogba, UEFA finally found common ground with Muslim players on the issue of beer bottles placed on tables during press conferences.
The gesture of the French player Paul Pogba who dismissed a bottle of Heineken beer placed in front of him during a press conference created a great controversy in France and beyond France on the question of the presence of alcohol bottles in front of Muslim players.
The gesture of Paul Pogba last week, followed a similar gesture of the Golden Ball Cristiano Ronald who withdrew two bottles of Coca-Cola, preferring water. The convictions of the player, extremely concerned about his image, immediately caused Coca Cola’s securities to fall to the stock market after his gesture.
The debate around bottles of drinks sponsoring the Euro resurfaced following these two gestures by international players, so much so that UEFA came out of its silence to find a solution. The two players will not be sanctioned, she said, saying that the beer bottles are alcohol-free.
Thus, she now agrees to withdraw the beer bottles in front of Muslim players at a press conference, if they do not agree to have any in front of them because of their religious convictions.
This turnaround nevertheless came after a warning sent to the federations participating in the Euro, which reminded them of the importance of sponsors “for the tournament and European football”.