England defeated Pakistan by five wickets in the final of the recently concluded ICC Men’s T20 WC at the MCG. With this win, England lifted the coveted trophy for the second time and also became the first-ever nation to hold both ICC Men’s ODI WC and ICC Men’s T20I WC trophies at the same time.
Against this backdrop, a viral image of two English players — Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid — is doing the rounds on social media. Many users have shared the image, claiming that for the first time in the history of the World Cup a champagne celebration did not happen in respect of the Islamic values of these two players.
A Facebook user posted the viral picture with the following caption in the tweet: World Cup history में पहली बार आदिल और मोईन के values और belief की respect में world Cup जीत के जश्न में शैंपेन नहीं खुली ! (English translation: For the first time in World Cup history, in respect of the values and beliefs of Adil and Moeen, champagne was not opened in the celebration of World Cup victory!)
You can check the image here.
When NewsMobile fact-checked the viral picture, it was found to be false.
Conducting a Google Keyword Search around England’s celebrations after winning the World Cup, we traced a video posted on November 15, 2022, on the official Instagram account of ICC. The caption states that the video is about England’s triumph at the MCG and we can see all the players celebrating after receiving the trophy.
We can see both Moeen and Rashid celebrating with the entire team in the video. At the 40-second mark, we see the players popping champagne on the podium while Moeen and Rashid cannot be traced around them.
Also, a longer video of about 6 minutes posted on November 13, 2022, on the official Facebook page of ICC, titled: T20WC22 Final: PAK v ENG – England players celebrate, shows the entire celebration by the team.
Here too, we can see Moeen and Rashid pose with the trophy along with the entire team and then at 1:59, Jos Buttler, the England captain, and other players, safely escort the duo to step aside before opening the champagne bottles for celebrations.
Another news article, titled: Watch: Jos Buttler asks Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid to step aside before champagne celebration, published online on The Indian Express, dated November 14, 2022, informs about the gesture by Jos Buttler. It also contains tweets by England’s Barmy Army — an England cricket supporters club, and Avinash Aryan — an Indian sports Journalist, that show the video of the exact moment when Buttler asked them to leave the podium before the champagne bottles were opened.
All the videos suggest that champagne bottles were opened during the celebrations, but Moeen and Rashid were respectfully asked to step aside by the team as a sign of respect for their culture.
Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral image, claiming champagne bottles were not opened for the first time ever in World Cup-winning celebrations, is false.
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