Players at Euro 2020 are warned about the likelihood of fines if they follow Cristiano Ronaldo’s lead and move items supplied by sponsors during press conferences.
During an appointment on Monday, Portugal forward Ronaldo moved two bottles of Coca-Cola off to the side, before holding up a bottle of water and announcing “agua” – the Portuguese word for water.
France midfielder Paul Pogba, a practicing Muslim, then removed a bottle of Heineken alcohol-free beer out of shot at a star player news conference sponsored by the brewing company.
UEFA said during a statement: “UEFA has reminded participating teams that partnerships are integral to the delivery of the tournament and to making sure the event of football across Europe, including for youth and ladies .”
Asked whether players were contractually obliged to go away the bottles alone, tournament director Martin Kallen added: “They are obliged through their federation of the tournament regulations to follow.
“We are never fining players directly from the UEFA side, we’ll do that always through the participating national association then they might look if they’re going to go further to the player, but we aren’t going directly for the instant to the player. we have the regulations signed by the participating federations.”
Asked if this reminder should be treated as a warning that disciplinary action may follow, Kallen added: “We have reminded them of their obligations and in fact, this is often always an opportunity .”
On instances like Pogba, he said: “We are quite open that if it’s for a spiritual reason then they don’t get to have a bottle (next to them).”