Kit man­u­fac­turer in­ves­ti­gates Swiss miss at Euro

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LILLE—Foot­ball kit man­u­fac­turer Puma is in­ves­ti­gat­ing why the shirts of at least four Swiss play­ers got ripped in Sun­day’s goal­less draw against France at Euro 2016.

The Guardian re­ported that the Swiss winger Xher­dan Shaqiri in an in­ter­view re­marked: “I in a match last night was the first time we have ex­pe­ri­enced such an is­sue.

Five PUMA teams have played 10 games in this tour­na­ment with­out such prob­lems,” the Ger­man man­u­fac­turer said in a state­ment.

“Our prod­uct peo­ple are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the shirt ma­te­rial. We will pro­vide a fur­ther up­date when we have one.” Ri­val man­u­fac­turer Adi­das, who pro­vides kit to nine of the 24 teams com­pet­ing in France, told Reuters that sup­pli­ers usu­ally pro­vide three shirts per player, per game.

“The stan­dard us­age for these shirts will be a player wears one in the first half, an­other in the sec­ond half with a third be­ing saved as a spare, should it be needed on the pitch, or utilised as a give­away item,” spokesper­son Katja Schreiber said in an email.

“Ev­ery shirt worn dur­ing the tour­na­ment will carry unique match day cus­tomi­sa­tion, hence the need to pro­vide shirts on a match-by-match ba­sis.” Asked if it was pos­si­ble for a player to run out of shirts dur­ing a game, Schreiber re­ferred back to foot­ball’s Euro­pean gov­ern­ing body.

“This is a process that is put in place by UEFA al­though fed­er­a­tions have a stan­dard ap­proach to util­is­ing these jer­seys, they can be used in any way re­quired dur­ing the course of 90 min­utes,” she said.

Swiss goal­keeper Yann Som­mer, who fin­ished the game with his shirt in­tact af­ter a manof-the-match per­for­mance against the French, said he saw no rea­son to change kit sup­plier, de­spite the odd rip.

“It can hap­pen,” he told re­porters. “It means it was a fight on the pitch. Of course, to­day we had a lot, I can’t say we have to change be­cause Puma is great.”—AFP

But on Mon­day she tweeted: “Get­ting solid treat­ment on my leg and will be all good for Wim­ble­don.”

Robson is cur­rently ranked 308 in the world af­ter missing much of 2014 and 2015 with a wrist prob­lem.

She fi­nally re­turned to ac­tion at In­dian Wells in March this year, her first WTA Tour event since Au­gust 2015.

The Aus­tralia-born player had wrist surgery in April 2014 and as con­se­quence was side­lined for more than a year. She then had fur­ther surgery to­wards the end of 2015, which led to her missing the 2016 Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary.

The 2008 Wim­ble­don ju­nior cham­pion achieved a ca­reer­high rank­ing of 27 in 2013, hav­ing reached the last 16 of Wim­ble­don that year and the US Open in 2012, be­fore suf­fer­ing the wrist in­jury.

She has been awarded a wild­card for this year’s Wim­ble­don, which be­gins on Mon­day, 27 June.

Bri­tish women’s num­ber four Tara Moore and 17-yearold com­pa­triot Katie Swan, who was the 2015 ju­nior Aus­tralian Open fi­nal­ist, have also been handed wild­cards.—AFP

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