Publish date18 Jun 2018 - 12:12
Story Code : 337607

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.
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.
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