Manchester United came stuck in the middle of the famous Coca Cola vs Pepsi debate just 20 minutes before they took to the field in their 5-1 defeat of Australian A-League All Stars, according to reports.
The Red Devils have very recently sealed a multi-million pound sponsorship deal with Pepsi based solely in the Asian-Pacific region.
Due to this, the Manchester United commercial department were extremely unhappy with Coca-Cola's advertisement appearing on the ANZ Stadium’s big screens.
Although the deal doesn’t even cover Australia, it has been suggested than the United team almost refused to play the match in case of upsetting their new sponsors.
Eventually however, the Australian Football Federation got involved in the dispute and had all of the Coca-Cola ads replaced by promoting Mount Franklin water, a product that is part of the Coca-Cola family but not a rival to Pepsi, instead.
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