EURO 2020

Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate & Harry Kane Weigh in on Cristiano Ronaldo's Coca-Cola Snub

Arjun Singh Devgan
England are tipped as one of the favourites to win the Euro 2020
England are tipped as one of the favourites to win the Euro 2020 / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
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England national team manager, Gareth Southgate and skipper, Harry Kane have opened up on the topic of Cristiano Ronaldo removing the Coca-Cola bottles placed in front of him during a press conference.

Ronaldo recently caused quite a stir when he removed the Coca-Cola bottles placed in front of him during a pre-match press conference and his actions saw the likes of France midfielder, Paul Pogba and Italy's, Manuel Locatelli - who removed a Heineken alcohol-free beer bottle and two Coca-Cola bottles respectively during their individual press conferences.

Southgate for his part defended the right of the sponsors to advertise their products at Euro 2020, while Kane too believes that the sponsors are entitled to it since they paid the money to do so.

"I think there are lots of sponsors in sport and the impact of their money at all levels helps sport to function, particularly grassroots sport in our country requires a lot of investment and without some of those companies investing, it is very difficult to provide the facilities we need," Southgate said at a press conference.

"With anything, of course, we are mindful in our country of obesity and health but everything can be done in moderation. Anything you take part in or partake in moderation is rarely a problem. I understand the concerns that people have and two guys had different rationale for the stances they took but there's always a bigger picture to these things."

"I totally agree. The sponsors are entitled to have what they want if they have paid the money to do so. It is not something personally I've thought too much about. Obviously I've seen it go around on social media but if I'm totally honest I'm more focused on tomorrow than anything like that," Kane added.

Ronaldo's actions reportedly caused Coca-Cola's valuation to drop by $4 billion, with UEFA issuing a statement on Thursday, reminding teams of their contractual obligations when it comes to the official sponsors of the tournament.

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