Ukrainian defender Artem Fedetskiy says squad doesn’t drink beer

SoccerBy Stephen Looney
Artem Fedetskiy
Artem Fedetskiy

Ukrainian defender Artem Fedetskiy has made the peculiar claim that neither he nor any of his team mates drink beer.

German newspaper Bild published a photograph of the Ukrainian dressing room after their opening Euro 2016 game against Germany on Sunday night.

Portrayed in the photo were cigarette butts and cans of beer, which prompted the Dnipro stopper to defend his international team mates. 

"We are a normal team" said the 31-year-old. "We have no players who drink beer. I think the information is wrong. 

"Maybe someone wants to provoke us. We behave in a civilised way. You can check the DNA from the cigarettes!"