Four Switzerland Jerseys Rip During Game Against France at Euro 2016, And Twitter Was All Over It (Pics)
It was a bad day for Puma at Euro 2016 on Monday. During the Group A finale between France and Switzerland, not one, not two, not three, but four Switzerland jerseys were ripped open by what observers seem to agree were pretty modest tugs.
Midfielder Granit Xhaka had to change shirts twice, while strikers Admir Mehmedi and Breel Embolo each had to change once.
After the game, Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri quipped, “I hope Puma does not produce condoms,” presumably while holding a microphone which he then proceeded to drop.
Needless to say, soccer Twitter was all over this one. Here are some of the reactions:
Bad night for Puma. You charging £60 for that Switzerland shirt?
— Mike Anstead (@mike_anstead) June 19, 2016
I reckon all teams should wear Switzerland shirts! The answer to spotting shirt pulling!!
— Alan Gudgin (@AGudgin) June 19, 2016
— Kate Lawler (@katelawler) June 19, 2016
— Dean Raymond (@deanoooh) June 19, 2016
— dr andy hershon (@andyhersh) June 19, 2016
— JKB (@JayKayBee) June 19, 2016
Wouldn’t be happy if I’d bought a Switzerland shirt.
They seem like a rip off. pic.twitter.com/1mopt3E0xz
— Oddschecker (@Oddschecker) June 19, 2016
— Paul Cooper (@sound_coop) June 19, 2016
— N69J (@nasserjamili) June 19, 2016
Fortunately not all the Switzerland jerseys fell apart…though there are a lot of people who wish they had.
Xhaka’s girlfriend is seriously something else pic.twitter.com/B0hq96dLYq
— JM⚽️ (@_ChildishJ_) June 19, 2016
After the game, Puma issued a statement attributing the Swiss wardrobe problems to damaged yarns:
“There was one batch of material where yarns had been damaged during the production process, leading to a weakening in the final garment. This can happen, if the combination of heat, pressure and time is not properly controlled in the manufacturing process. The tight fitting ACTV jerseys are made of an elastane and polyester material mix. The defective material was used in only a limited number of Swiss home jerseys.”
The idea that Puma so quickly identified the problem and could conclude that it was an isolated issue sounds pretty fishy to me. Seems like it would take a few days or weeks to figure out what went wrong…unless you already know there was a problem. But hey, I’m not a textiles manufacturer, so what do I know?
Hat Tip – [The Guardian]