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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
, 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?