Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba became the second player that decided to show disdain to one of the sponsors of the ongoing Euro 2020.
The France international had to attend a post-match press conference after France managed to defeat Germany 1-0 in the European Championship on Tuesday night, June 15, 2021.
When the 28-year-old midfielder got to the news conference, he decided to remove the Heineken beer that was placed on the table in front of him.
First Ronaldo with the Coca-Cola…— Goal (@goal) June 16, 2021
Now Paul Pogba wasn’t happy with the Heineken in front of him at his press conference 🍺❌ pic.twitter.com/SU1ifQPGOP
Paul Pogba who won the man-of-the-match award after France’s 1-0 win over Germany decided to take off the Heineken beer bottle because he is a practicing Muslim who is not supposed to be associated with anything alcoholic.
This is so because Quran, the holy book used by Muslims forbids the consumption of alcohol and Paul Pogba tried to use the scenario to support the doctrine of his religion.
Paul Pogba picked up 𝐌𝐎𝐓𝐌.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 15, 2021
Well deserved 👏#MUFC #EURO2020 #FRA pic.twitter.com/M2GwVwYBQu
However, reports claimed that the type of Heineken placed in front of Paul Pogba was a non-alcoholic beer.
At the time of publishing this report, Heineken and the European football governing, UEFA were yet to make an official statement against the boycott of the brand.
Paul Pogba’s gesture is similar to that of Cristiano Ronaldo who decided to remove two bottles of Coke placed in front of him during a press conference.
After he removed the bottle, he said “water” in Portuguese advocating the intake of water instead of Coke. Such an action crashed the share price of the bottling company.
According to stock market reports, the share price of Coca-Cola dropped from $56.10 to $55.22 which is a 1.6 percent drop. Hence, the market value of Coca-Cola went from $242bn to $238bn – the drop amounted to $4 billion lost in value.
However, at the time of publishing this report, the market value of Coke Cola has picked up and continued to enjoy progressive appreciation.
Paul Pogba also has an issue with Antonio Rudiger
Besides not being a fan of Heineken beer, Paul Pogba claimed that German defender, Antonio Rudiger “nibbled” him during the Euro 2020 game between France and Germany on Tuesday, June 15.
Towards the end of the match that ended 1-0 in favor of France, Pogba was seen complaining bitterly to the referee that he was bitten by Rudiger.
However, nothing concrete was done about it on the pitch. Hence, the only way the Chelsea defender can be punished is if the incident is included in the referee match report and UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against the defender.
“I’m not crying for cards, yellow, red cards because of such actions,” Pogba said.
“He nibbled, I think, a little bit on me. But we have known each other for a long time.
“I told the referee and he takes decisions and he took a decision. It’s over.
“It was a great match for us … and I didn’t want him to be suspended because of such a situation. It was towards the end of the match. We hugged each other and that’s it.”
Paul Pogba vs. Germany pic.twitter.com/sikoIcg4cw— ً (@LSComps) June 15, 2021