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Euro 2020; Paul Pogba removes bottle of Heineken beer during press conference

Paul Pogba has removed a bottle of Heineken placed in font of him at a Euros press conference – a day after Cristiano Ronaldo did the same with bottles of Coke.

The Frenchman, a devout Muslim, hid the sponsor’s beer bottle underneath a table as he spoke to the media after his country’s 1-0 win over Germany on Tuesday night.

While 28-year-old Pogba offered no explanation for removing the bottle, it is likely because his religion considers alcohol ‘haram’ – or ‘forbidden’. He left a bottle of water and two bottle of Coke on the table untouched.

However, the Heineken does appear to be a 0% alcohol-free beer.

The stunt echoes Ronaldo’s move a day earlier when he removed two bottles of Coca-Cola from a Euros press conference, telling fans to ‘drink water’ instead.


It was a gesture that grabbed headlines around the world and caused a wobble in Coke’s share price – though reports that he wiped $4billion off the company’s value appear to be false.

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