Manager to Address Mid-Game Shirt Swap Post Young Boys' Loss
|Erling Haaland of Manchester City scores a goal to make it 3-0 during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City and BSC Young Boys at Etihad Stadium on November 7, 2023 in Manchester, England(Image-Getty)
Following Young Boys' 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday, manager Raphael Wicky expressed his intention to address the issue of captain Mohamed Ali Camara's mid-game shirt swap with City striker Erling Haaland. Wicky, taken aback by the news, commented, "I didn't see that, that's news to me and I'm a little bit surprised by that right now."
While Wicky acknowledged that the incident likely didn't impact the game or the team's performance, he still planned to speak with Camara to understand his perspective. Wicky speculated, "Maybe Erling asked him to swap, I don't know!"
The exchange occurred during halftime as Haaland, who had already scored one of his two goals, was approached by the Young Boys player. While post-match jersey exchanges are customary, this particular mid-game swap garnered attention and criticism from fans, with some considering it inappropriate given the competitive atmosphere.
Former City player Keith Curle expressed his disapproval, stating he would "be raging" if he were the manager. On the other hand, City manager Pep Guardiola appeared unfazed by the incident, stating, "I don't know about it. We win 3-0. It happened, I don't know the reason why."