Heineken will not be placed in front of Muslim players going forward

Heineken will not be placed in front of Muslim players going forward

Following Paul Pogba's removal of the tournament sponsor's drink last week, Euro 2020 organizers will no longer place bottles of alcohol-free Heineken in front of Muslim players.

Pogba, a devout Muslim who plays for France and Manchester United, pulled a bottle out of view during his post-match press conference following France's 1-0 win over Germany last Tuesday.

According to The Telegraph, teams, managers, and players will now be asked if they object to the bottles of Heineken 0.0 being placed on the podium for religious reasons.

Alcohol consumption is prohibited (known as 'haram') among Muslims, according to the Qur'an, which states that alcohol's potential for sin is "much higher" than its advantages.

Following an incident in which Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo removed Coca-Cola bottles before his team's opening game against Hungary, Pogba took a stand against one of Euro 2020's beverage sponsors.

The international superstar was irritated by the presence of the fizzy drink in the scene and pushed it to the side before saying to the camera, "Drink Water!"

He then brandished a water bottle and held it up in front of him for the rest of the interview, saying "Coca-Cola" with obvious disgust.

Notably, when speaking to the press on Wednesday night after receiving the Star of the Match award (sponsored by Heineken) against Portugal, France striker Karim Benzema - who is also Muslim - did not have bottles of Heineken in front of him.

Still, Twitter and social media must find a way to get a kick out of the whole incident, so enjoy this because we sure did too.