Despite Egypt’s World Cup loss to Uruguay last Friday, goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy was well-deserving of “Man of the Match” award, after several brilliant saves.
However, the 29-year-old declined the official trophy that went with the designation because its sponsorship by Budweiser conflicted with his Muslim beliefs.
Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol, and Egypt is one of several majority-Muslim countries competing in the World Cup.
The Man of the Match trophy is designed as a tall, red goblet with the word “Bud” labeled on it in large letters.
Egypt team director Ihab Leheta confirmed to the Associated press on Sunday that Elshenawy did not accept the trophy, although he said the goalkeeper offered a “few words” and posed for photos in a brief Man of the Match ceremony after the game.
Leheta claimed there was no specific policy regarding involvement with alcohol-related sponsors or prizes for the Egyptian National team.