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Shirtless Ayew forced out of Marseille match
August 18th, 2014 4:04PM

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[OFF THE POST] French club Marseille's first game at the renovated Stade Velodrome did not go well. It lost to Montpellier, 2-0, in a match that had new Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa fuming with his equipment staff. Ghanaian star Andre Ayew had to be substituted early in the second half because Marseille ran out of clean No. 10 jerseys.

The problems began in the first minute when Ayew, who scored against the USA at the World Cup, collided with Montpellier keeper Geoffrey Jourdren, suffering a head wound. He not only needed to have his head bandaged in order to continue, he needed to change his bloody shirt.

Ayew's wound reopened early in the second half, so the equipment staff pulled out another jersey -- but with a different number. Since he began playing the game as No. 10, he'd have to finish wearing No. 10. The equipment staff tried unsuccessfully to sew a No. 10 on a No. 33 jersey, forcing Bielsa, the former Argentina and Chile national team coach, to bring on Dimitri Payet for Ayew in the 52nd minute.

That prompted the question, wasn't anyone in the crowd of 50,774 wearing a Ayew replica jersey they could give him?



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  1. G O
    commented on: August 19, 2014 at 1:34 p.m.
    Sounds like a whole lot of energy expended on trying to get a third or fourth jersey ready for the player to wear. Seems rather pointless. There are Laws of the Game and then there is human logic and decency. No reason to have team staff frantically trying to sew a 10 number out of a number 33. Match officials should just say, "Okay, we understand. No problem. Nobody could have foreseen this. So, with the available Marseille kit left, he will finish the match - last 30 minutes - with a shirt number 33? Okay. Got it. No problem." Remember: This is a game for the fans. They pay for it. They pay a lot of money for it. It is not a game to simply adhere to the rule book.


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