Roy Keane blasts 'shocking' Eden Hazard shirt swap

The Belgian was booed off in the second half by some supporters at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard has struggled to recapture his brilliant form of last season.
Hazard has struggled to recapture his brilliant form of last season.

FORMER MANCHESTER UNITED captain Roy Keane has branded Eden Hazard’s decision to swap shirts with Angel Di Maria at half-time as “shocking”.

The Belgium international exchanged jerseys with the Argentine as they headed towards the tunnel during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

Hazard was also booed off as he was being substituted in the second half and while Guus Hiddink has defended the midfielder, Keane believes the Belgian’s actions showed that he was not fully focused on the game.

“I’m afraid to comment on this,” Keane told ITV.

“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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It’s not the first time Keane has strongly criticised Hazard. Last month he strongly criticised the Chelsea star and likened his behaviour to that of a “spoilt child” (see video below).

Source: 90thmin/YouTube

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