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Paul Pogba mirrors Cristiano Ronaldo’s Coca-Cola snub and removes Heineken bottle from Euro 2020 press conference

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FRANCE ace Paul Pogba mirrored Cristiano Ronaldo’s Coca-Cola snub by removing a Heineken beer bottle during his press conference.

The devout Muslim moved the beverage from the table in front of him following France’s 1-0 win against Germany on Tuesday night.

France international Paul Pogba removed a Heineken bottle during his post-match press conference

France international Paul Pogba removed a Heineken bottle during his post-match press conference Credit: UEFA
Devout Muslim Pogba wasted no time in removing the beverage which was placed in front of him

Devout Muslim Pogba wasted no time in removing the beverage which was placed in front of him credit: UEFA
Fans have suggested on social media that Pogba moved the drink due to his faith

Fans have suggested on social media that Pogba moved the drink due to his faith Credit: UEFA

Pogba, who made a religious pilgrimage to Mecca along with Kurt Zouma in 2018, refused to endorse one of Euro 2020’s official sponsors as alcohol is forbidden for Muslims.

The 28-year-old has become the latest star to take a stance against the Euros’ sponsors after Ronaldo removed two bottles of Coca-Cola placed in front of him.

Fans were left disgusted with tournament staff as they suggested the Manchester United midfielder moved the alcohol-free beer bottle due to his faith.

One supporter fumed: “Putting an alcoholic beverage in front of a Muslim is straight disrespect… You can’t blame Pogba here.”

A third added: “He is a Muslim you should respect his choice.”

Meanwhile, another stated: “Quite understandable that as a Muslim, Pogba wouldn’t want to be seen promoting beer.”

One simply stated: “Shoulda removed the Heineken logo/name behind him too.”

Portugal ace Cristiano Ronaldo removed two Coca-Cola bottles earlier this week

Portugal ace Cristiano Ronaldo removed two Coca-Cola bottles earlier this week

Earlier this week, Ronaldo removed two Coca-Cola bottles during his press conference prior to Portugal’s 3-0 win against Hungary.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner then declared ‘Drink water,’ which caused a £2.84billion drop in the company.

Uefa has since issued a statement in response to CR7’s actions, saying “everyone is entitled to their drink preferences” and that everyone has different “tastes and needs”.

It was an eventful night for Pogba in Munich as he played a huge role in Mats Hummels’ own goal.

He even declared that German defender Antonio Rudiger did BITE him as he played down the incident.

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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