Should unhealthy food and drinks be allowed to sponsor sport?


23rd June 2021

FOOTBALLERS have been taking a stand against unhealthy drinks being promoted during the Euro 2020 championship.

One of the tournament’s best known players, Cristiano Ronaldo, captain of Portugal, removed two bottles of Coca-Cola during a press conference.

Renowned for looking after his health, he held up a bottle of water, saying “agua” (Portuguese for water).

The next day, France star Paul Pogba moved a non-alcoholic bottle of beer away from his press conference table. He’s a Muslim and, for religious reasons, doesn’t drink alcohol.

Italy’s midfielder Manuel Locatelli was next, also replacing the Coca-Cola bottle on his table with water.

While the players’ actions were praised by those concerned about healthy diets, UEFA, who run the tournament, were upset. They warned teams that they could face fines if their players moved drinks provided by sponsors at news conferences.

Some of the world’s biggest companies – like Coca-Cola, Adidas and JustEat – have spent millions of pounds to be associated with Euro 2020.

This includes having their products displayed on advertising in stadiums, and drinks on press conference tables. McDonald’s has been a sponsor of the Euros before, as well as World Cups, the Olympics and Paralympics.

It’s a difficult puzzle to solve because, while athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo don’t want to promote food and drinks that aren’t part of a healthy diet, the money that sponsors pay is important. Not only does their cash help pay for sporting events to take place, but some of it is also used to fund local sport facilities and activities, which you might take part in.

England manager Gareth Southgate says it’s a balance: “I think there are lots of sponsors in sport and the impact of their money, at all levels, helps sport to function. Grassroots sport in our country requires investment and without some of those companies it would be very difficult to have the facilities we need.

“We’re mindful in our country of obesity and health but everything can be done in moderation, and anything that is done in moderation is rarely a problem.”

The advertising and promotion of unhealthy food and drinks, high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS), is banned in the UK during children’s TV programming and, you might have noticed, First News does not allow advertising of this kind.

The UK Government is also bringing in a total ban on online adverts for HFSS products by the end of 2022, as well as extending the ban on TV ads for any HFSS foods before 9pm. But what do you think?


Should unhealthy food and drinks be allowed to sponsor sport?


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squish123 · 1 year ago

Healthy sport healthy food

squish123 · 1 year ago

first to comment

izzy89 · 1 year ago

Hard to decide
Need money from sponsors to pay but unhealthy food and drinks is bad for for football players who need to be fit.

milkpuddin · 1 year ago

they should not be allowed :D

scarlet10 · 1 year ago

defiantly not

scarlet10 · 1 year ago

if you want to be fit you want to have healthy stuff!

kittymoi · 1 year ago

Need heathy food
games can be played better with protine and vegg

brizoceto · 1 year ago

Sport is about getting active, having fun and being healthy so i think that unhealthy food should not be allowed to sponsor

dolphin201 · 1 year ago

no no no no no

mwhitty · 1 year ago

It should definitely be discouraged

monkey61 · 1 year ago

They shouldn't have unhealthy food for advertising because it will incourage others to eat and drink them which can be bad. Especially for the football players.

ansha007 · 1 year ago


jazzystar1 · 1 year ago

I don’t get how so many people have voted yes. because it promotes an unhealthy lifestyle.

ginny09876 · 1 year ago

Sport is supposed to be good for you. Using unhealthy food could stop people’s enthusiasm about it. If sport is healthy then healthy food should be used to sponsor sport.

guest_8133 · 1 year ago

They should, because they're getting healthier over time, take Coke Zero, and Diet Coke, for example, they're two sugar-free evolutions of Coke, Zero being the newer, presumably less unhealthy one.

duckduck21 · 1 year ago

I think unhealthy food and drinks shouldn’t be allowed because it is encouraging people and footballers to eat and drink unhealthy. Footballers need to keep fit and fruit and vegetables 🍅 are a treat for your body! Choose healthy!!!🍎🥦🥒

duckduck21 · 1 year ago

VOTE FOR NO!!!!!🍎🥦🍅🥒💧

jdoryan · 1 year ago

yeah, if junk stuff is sponsoring sport, then those he really like sport will be encouraged to drink or eat the unhealthy things.

backbender · 1 year ago

You need to promote being healthy, not unhealthy!

mollymoo42 · 1 year ago

Definitely not, because sportsmen need to stay fit to be one, I think they should sponsor healthy food instead.

katkid10 · 1 year ago

I don't think that they should sponsor the sports as people might think that the foods that are being advertised are okay for you as it is in a football game. Which might imply that those people have it and it is good for you.

lewism · 1 year ago

No, sport is to make you healthy. Not more unfit.

panda89 · 1 year ago

I think it should be discouraged but not banned

duckduck21 · 1 year ago

Yay no are winning!!!

trainboi · 1 year ago

I’ve just scrolled through these comments for a bit to see people’s opinions and I’ve looked at some other public opinions and they interest me. I voted no but I was surprised about the amount of yes votes, assuming most people who voted read the article above first. I’ve seen a lot of people saying the organisers of the sport event need the money and while this is quite a reasonable idea, normally the organisers would already have a heap of cash and all the companies with a big enough budget would really want to take the place of the unhealthy drink sponsorship. I doubt this would be a giant loss if they lost sponsorship from Coca-Cola etc. as companies such as TikTok would for sure want to jump in and sponsor the sport if it was a big tournament. Many people may think it doesn’t matter because lot’s of people aren’t influenced by adverts but I feel we often are, yet we are unaware of it. Anyway, those who see this, please leave a comment about why you chose what you chose - I’d be very interested to see more opinions :)

opalstar · 1 year ago

I think no, only healthy food should be allows to sponsor sport

catcoder · 1 year ago

I don't think it should be aloud, because sport is meant to be healthy so the food and drinks sponsoring them should be healthy to.

marthajja · 1 year ago

What about equaling it out with healthy food and unhealthy food

xiangxiang · 1 year ago

Noooooooo! Do not have unhealthy food at sport because it's unhealthy and its bad for the football players. Especially for the England football players.

loldoll20 · 1 year ago

Nowaywhydopeoplethinkthat. Why are sports players letting unhealthy drinks on the scene? I know about the sponsoring but you can do that with healthy foods!

marthajja · 1 year ago

Why it will just make players and sport lovers unhealthy so they might not be able to do things they like to do .We might Aswell sponsor foods like grocery stores or fruit and veg seeds .🍉🍌🍍🥭🥝🍓🍅🥒

ridulfa · 1 year ago

I think not because a lot of people watch sport, therefore a lot of people will see the ads and make unhealthy choices

ivansp2011 · 1 year ago

I don't think so as people will buy more unhealthy drinks and become overweight or obese.

humbugs · 12 months ago

Sport is about being healthy so junk food should NOT have a place in a stadium or gym

humbugs · 12 months ago

Also what squish123 said.

mothstar · 12 months ago

definitely NOT

tradcath · 11 months ago

Why not?