Roy Keane rips into Chelsea's Eden Hazard

Hazard swapped shirts with Di Maria at half-time
Hazard swapped shirts with Di Maria at half-time

A seething Roy Keane ripped into Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard after he controversially swapped shirts with Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria at half-time in Wednesday’s Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard came under fire from Chelsea fans who witnessed the incident and social media was quick to condemn the Belgian who produced another ineffective display after a woeful few months of poor form, yet Keano offered up his own unique brand of criticism for last season’s PFA Player of the Year.

When asked by ITV Sport to offer up his views on Hazard’s eagerness to run after Di Maria in a bid to swap shirts at the mid-way point in the match, Keane was clearly struggling to contain his annoyance.

“I’m afraid to comment on this,” said the Irishman. “It’s bad enough at the end of the game, but half-time in a big game, the two guys swapping shirts? It’s shocking.

“What is going through a players mindset. In such a big game, they are thinking about swapping jerseys at half-time? I wouldn’t even bother at the end of the game. Shocking.”

Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink also offered up his views on the incident, as he admitted Hazard should not have been thinking about adding to his shirt collection at a time when his side’s Champions League future was on the line.

“It should not be done, but in some countries it is usual after a game or at half-time, and maybe they are both used to doing it,” stated Hiddink.

“I don’t want to see a bad thought behind that. It’s not a big issue. I don’t overvalue this issue. There’s no bad intention.”

Hazard may not be so eager to swap shirts with Republic of Ireland players when his Belgium side take on Martin O’Neill’s men at Euro 2016 this summer, but any Irishman tempted to try and snare Belgium No.10 shirt next summer would be wise to do so without assistant boss Keane catching them in the act.