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'I hope Puma don't make condoms' - Shaqiri on torn Swiss shirts

Four of the winger’s team-mates had to change their jerseys in Sunday night’s clash with France.

Switzerland's Blerim Dzemaili, right, and Granit Xhaka.
Switzerland's Blerim Dzemaili, right, and Granit Xhaka.
Image: Darko Vojinovic

SWITZERLAND’S STOKE CITY winger Xherdan Shaqiri said he hoped the country’s shirt manufacturer Puma “doesn’t make condoms” after several Swiss players ended their Euro 2016 match with France with shredded jerseys.

Four Swiss players — Admir Mehmedi, Breel Embolo, Blerim Dzemaili and Granit Xhaka — had to change their shirts in the first half of the goalless draw in Lille on Sunday.

Recent Arsenal recruit Xhaka had to change his shirt again in the second half.

“I hope Puma doesn’t make condoms,” Shaqiri told Switzerland’s SRF broadcaster.

Former England striker Gary Lineker took the opportunity to poke fun on Twitter, writing: “Swiss team’s Puma shirts tearing like paper. Adidas ball bursting. You can never rely on German efficiency!”

In a statement, German manufacturer Puma said it was looking into the problem.

“Our five Puma teams have played 10 games at Euro 2016 before this without experiencing this problem,” the company said.

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“Our production experts are currently investigating the material of the shirts. As soon as we know what the problem is we will let you know.”

The Swiss shirts will be needed for at least one more match as the team have qualified for the second round.

Switzerland v France - UEFA Euro 2016 - Group A - Stade Pierre Mauroy Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri. Source: EMPICS Sport

Puma’s German rival adidas said it had agreed a four-year deal to remain kit supplier to Germany until 2022 worth more than €50 million a year.

The agreement with the world champions came in the face of competition from US giant Nike for the prestigious contract.

- © AFP, 2016

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