Hazard half-time shirt swap was ‘shocking’, says Keane

Date published: Thursday 10th March 2016 10:19

Eden Hazard: Criticised for half-time shirt swap

Eden Hazard: Criticised for half-time shirt swap

Roy Keane has described Eden Hazard’s actions as “shocking” after the Chelsea forward swapped shirts at half-time in their Champions League last-16 tie against PSG. 

Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League after a 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge on the night, losing 4-2 on aggregate.

Goals from Adrien Rabiot and Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent the French champions through to the quarter-finals, but with the scores level at 1-1 at half-time and the tie in the balance, Hazard was pictured swapping shirts with Argentine winger Angel Di Maria.

The Belgian international’s actions obviously angered the home supporters, with sections of the Chelsea crowd booing Hazard when he was substituted in the second half.

Hazard has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with both PSG and Real Madrid linked with a summer move for last season’s PFA Player of the Year.

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink condemned Hazard after the match, and agreed that supporters had a right to “express their opinion” regarding his shirt-swapping.

And speaking after the match, former Manchester United captain Keane has described the incident as “shocking”.

Speaking to ITV, Keane said: “I’m afraid to comment on this. It’s bad enough at the end of the game, but half-time in a big game, the two guys swapping shirts? It’s shocking.

“What is going through a player’s mindset? In such a big game, they are thinking about swapping jerseys at half-time? I wouldn’t even bother at the end of the game. Shocking.”

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