Muslim goalkeeper turns down beer-sponsored trophy at World Cup
Egyptian team goal keeper Mohamed el-Shenawy has declined player of the match trophy sponsored by the beer production company, Budweiser, at World Cup.
Publish date : Monday 18 June 2018 12:12
The trophy, an artistic red goblet, is sponsored by Budweiser.
Islam prohibits the consumption of alcohol.
Egypt team director Ihab Leheta told The Associated Press on Sunday that El-Shenawy said a "few words" and posed for photos in a brief ceremony, but did not take the goblet.
The 29-year-old El-Shenawy won the award following his impressive performance in the 1-0 loss to Uruguay on Friday.
He made a string of stunning saves before Uruguay clinched the win with a goal in the 89th minute.
Images of Elshenawy gesturing what appears to be a rejection of the trophy held by a young Budweiser representative in the stadium's tunnel appeared on social and mainstream media. Budweiser is among FIFA's top sponsors.
Egypt, a mainly Muslim nation of some 100 million people, is playing at the World Cup for the first time since 1990.