Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and Manuel Locatelli bottle moves prompt UEFA to urge players to stop removing sponsor drinks at news conferences

Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and Manuel Locatelli all removed sponsor bottles away from the view of cameras when taking their seats at news conferences this week; Euro 2020 tournament director says players with religious objections 'don't need to have a bottle there'

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Ronaldo does not look too impressed by the official tournament sponsored bottles of fizzy drinks in front of him. So he removes them! And replaces them with a bottle of water instead! (Pictures: ©UEFA 2021)

UEFA has asked players to stop removing sponsor drinks at Euro 2020 news conferences after Cristiano Ronaldo began the trend this week.

Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and Manuel Locatelli all removed sponsor bottles away from the view of cameras when taking their seats at news conferences this week.

Euro 2020 tournament director Martin Kallen said UEFA has "communicated with the teams regarding this matter".

"It is important because the revenues of the sponsors are important for the tournament and for European football," Kallen said in a briefing.

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Manuel Locatelli is the latest player to replace a fizzy drink sponsor with water at Italy's post match press conference following their win over Switzerland (Pictures: ©UEFA 2021)

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba have caught attention by removing sponsors' drinks bottles - and it did not go unnoticed by Scotland's John McGinn at his Euro 2020 press conference (Pictures: ©UEFA 2021)

Pogba, who is Muslim and does not drink alcohol, objected to the distinctive green bottle of official Euro 2020 beer sponsor Heineken. The beer is marketed as 0.0 per cent alcohol.

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Kallen said tournament rules require compliance with UEFA's promises to sponsors, though players with religious objections "don't need to have a bottle there".

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