Former Manchester United captain, Roy Keane has slammed Chelsea’s Eden Hazard for swapping shirts with Angel Di Maria at half-time in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, while Blues boss Guus Hiddink said the Stamford Bridge faithful “have the right to boo” him.
Per the Daily Mail‘s Sami Mokbel, ITV pundit Keane said:
“I’m afraid to comment on this. It’s bad enough at the end of the game. Half-time in a big game.
What has to be going through a player’s mindset in such a big game? You’re thinking about swapping jerseys at half-time? I wouldn’t even bother swapping shirts at the end of the game? At half-time? Shocking.”
According to Mokbel, Hiddink said of Hazard receiving jeers from the home crowd upon being substituted: “They have the right to boo whatever they think. One can always express what they are feeling.”
He also said he was “aware” of the shirt-swapping at half-time, adding: “I haven’t seen it, but I’m aware of it. I’m not saying I’m unaware. That’d be too easy, just to say I didn’t see it. Yeah, it should not be done, but in some countries it’s usual you do it, and not after the game.”
Per John Cross of the Daily Mirror, he dismissed the significance of the matter: “It’s not a big issue for me or for them. In other countries they swap shirts at half-time rather than afterwards as it can leave them half naked on the pitch with their beautiful paintings [tattoos]. I don’t think it’s a big issue. I don’t think it was done with any bad intentions.”
BT Sport captured the footage of Hazard and Di Maria at half-time:
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