UEFA has sent out a warning alert to players and teams at Euro 2020 after numerous instances of drinks provided by sponsors being moved away at press conferences. Juventus Player Cristiano Ronaldo started the trend by removing two bottles of Coca-Cola from the view of the cameras. At the same time, the Portugal captain encouraged people to drink water.
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo started the trend of removing bottles of Coca-Cola from the view of the cameras.
YouTubePlayer Paul Pogba followed in the steps of Ronaldo as he also took away a bottle of Heineken at a Press conference after France’s victory over Germany. Days after, Manuel Locatelli made it three snubs in three days by replacing Coca-Cola with water, having scored twice as Italy defeated Switzerland. Euro 2020 Tournament Director Martin Kallen has since responded to the incidents, reiterating the importance of sponsorship agreements.
Paul Pogba followed in the steps of Ronaldo as he also took away a bottle of Heineken at a Press conference.
Director Martin Kallen has since responded to the incidents, reiterating the significance of sponsorship agreements.
UEFA“UEFA has reminded participating teas that partnerships are integral to the delivery of the tournament and to ensuring the development of football across Europe, including for youth and women.” Tournament Organizers, according to BBC, said. Director Kallen added that players were contractually obliged “through their federation of the tournament's regulations to follow.”
Manuel Locatelli also replaced Coca-Cola with water, having scored twice as Italy defeated Switzerland.
He continued: “We are never fining players directly from the UEFA side, we will do this always through the participating national association, and then they could look if they will go further to the player, but we are not going directly for the moment to the player. We have the regulations signed by the participating federations.” However, he attested he understood the actions of players, who, like Pogba, did such for religious reasons.
England captain Harry Kane has revealed he won't be removing any bottles in upcoming press conferences.
YouTubeUEFA doesn’t intend to directly fine players/teams. Any sanctions are at the discretion of the national federations. On the other hand, England captain Harry Kane has explained why he won’t be removing any bottles from his vicinity in upcoming press conferences. On the eve of England’s Wembley encounter with Scotland, Kane pointed out that sponsors are entitled to what they want if they’ve paid the money to do so.