Egyptian goalkeeper refuses Man of the Match award because it's sponsored by Budweiser

Egyptian goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy was almost perfect against Uruguay on Friday. He made save after save for 89 minutes of the match, until Jose Gimenez managed to get one through and Egypt lost to Uruguay 1-0.

Despite the one missed save, El-Shenawy’s performance earned him the coveted Man of the Match award for his incredible performance. However, according to Twitter user Marwan Ahmed, who works for the Egyptian sports site KingFut, El-Shenawy refused to accept the award — which is sponsored by Budweiser —because he is Muslim. Ahmed even managed to snap a photo of El-Shenawy politely turning down the award while a the guy who was trying to give it to him stands there awkwardly, not knowing what to do.

There was no alcohol actually in the award, and El-Shenawy didn’t have to drink any Budweiser to accept it (though the award is in the shape of a goblet). But since his religion forbids the consumption of alcohol, he elected not to accept the award because it was sponsored by a beer brand.

Egypt is a majority Muslim country, so not only are their laws on alcohol sales strict, drinking alcohol is generally not accepted. There are four other World Cup countries with similar attitudes on alcohol due to Islamic dietary laws: Senegal, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. As Ahmed pointed out, any Man of the Match winners from those countries might also refuse the award.

Mohamed El-Shenawy of Egypt is dejected after winning goal scores by Jose Gimenez of Uruguay during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at Ekaterinburg Arena on June 15, 2018 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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