Egyptian goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy refused to take the Man of the Match award at the World Cup as it is sponsored by alcohol company Budweiser and his religion forbids the consumption of alcohol.
Inexperienced El-Shenawy, produced many stunning saves to keep the Uruguayans at bay for much of the two teams’ Group A game, until he conceded a goal from José María Giménez in the 89th minute.
After the game the keeper was given the man of the match award for his display, which looks like a red goblet displayed with the logo of World Cup sponsors Budweiser.
However, El-Shenawy was seen was seen raising a hand to snub the gift, rejecting it due to his Muslim beliefs which mean he does not drink alcohol.
One social media user pointed out that three North African nations – including Egypt – join Saudi Arabia and Iran in traditionally avoiding alcohol.
.@FIFAcom have a deal with @Budweiser for the #ManoftheMatch award. Being alcohol, there are 3 North African nations + Saudi & Iran in the @FIFAWorldCup. Did they not think these guys won’t accept the award? #EGY ’s @Melshenawy did not take his today. pic.twitter.com/750OOyFaw0
— Marwan Ahmed (@MarwanAhmed_KF) June 16, 2018
Recently, the Premier League also took the decision of removing alcoholic awards and hand out mini trophies in place of the awards.
We wouldn’t be surprised if FIFA did they same for future Euros and World Cups with these players and their beliefs in mind.
Take a look at the social media reaction to the Man of the Match award snub on the next page.
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