Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy turns down beer-sponsored trophy at World Cup
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- An Egypt team official has confirmed goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy declined to receive a player of the match trophy at the World Cup for religious reasons.
The trophy, an artistic red goblet, is sponsored by Budweiser. Islam prohibits the consumption of alcohol.
Egypt team director Ihab Leheta told The Associated Press on Sunday that El-Shenawy said a "few words" and posed for photos in a brief ceremony, but did not take the goblet. He gave no other details.
The 29-year-old El-Shenawy won the award following his impressive performance in the 1-0 loss to Uruguay on Friday. He made a string of stunning saves before Uruguay clinched the win with a goal in the 89th minute.
Images of Elshenawy gesturing what appears to be a rejection of the trophy held by a young Budweiser representative in the stadium's tunnel appeared on social and mainstream media. Budweiser is among FIFA's top sponsors.
Egypt, a mainly Muslim nation of some 100 million people, are playing at the World Cup for the first time since 1990.