While we here at A Good Beer Blog are as ecumenical as the next beer blog, we also know that up is up and down is down and that there is no fear of somethings happening so why bother bringing it up:
Saudi soccer players will not accept World Cup man-of-the-match awards for religious reasons, said the Saudi Football Federation on Wednesday, June 14. "The main reason is because the sponsoring company specializes in alcohol, and the award itself is a cup of beer," said Abdullah al-Dabel, a federation official, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). The Technical Study Group of world soccer's governing body FIFA names the match's best player, an award backed by US beer company Anheuser Bush Bud, one of the official sponsors of the tournament. "We won't accept this award for religious reasons. No Muslim player should accept it," said the Saudi official.We actually hope there has been an error in translation of the "beer" which properly should be interpreted from Arabic to English as "crap beer".