Friday 19 January 2018

Puma can't explain Switzerland jersey malfunction but investigation underway

Granit Xhaka's shirt is clearly ripped during Switzerland's match with France. Getty
Granit Xhaka's shirt is clearly ripped during Switzerland's match with France. Getty

Tom Rooney

Sportswear manufacturer Puma have launched an investigation to find out why the jerseys of a minimum of four Switzerland players ripped during their draw with France on Sunday night.

Such was the prosaic fare offered by France and Switzerland during their goalless draw, it is hardly surprising that the sight of an unlikely number of Swiss players running across the Lille turf with holes in their jerseys became the game’s main talking point.

The likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka were clearly struggling with the apparel malfunction and it was quite evident that the jerseys in question were tearing under minimal scrutiny.

Earlier today Puma released a statement in which they promised to uncover what caused the issue, though the company was unable to offer any sort of immediate explanation for the problem.

 "Seeing our shirts being ripped in a match last night was the first time we have experienced such an issue. Five PUMA teams have played 10 games in this tournament without such problems," the German manufacturer said in a statement.

"Our product people are currently investigating the shirt material. We will provide a further update when we have one."

Obviously seeing the funnier side of the situation, Stoke midfielder Shaqiri had a statement of his own. 

“I hope Puma does not produce condoms,” he said.

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