Revealed: What Eden Hazard, Andre Santos, RVP and Mario Balotelli all have in common

10 Mar

Andre Santos and Robin van Persie

Arsenal defender Santos found himself at the centre of a storm when he was quick to grab the shirt of former Gunners team-mate Robin van Persie at half-time during a match at Manchester United in November 2012, for which the Brazil international later apologised.

Arsene Wenger said: “I can understand that an English guy doesn’t understand it and I’m French and I don’t understand it either. He cares and he understands today what it means and, believe me, he will never do it again.”

Mario Balotelli and Pepe

Balotelli was happy to exchange shirts with Pepe after 45 minutes of Liverpool’s European game against Real Madrid at Anfield in October 2014, with the home side trailing 3-0.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, however, was less than impressed. Balotelli was substituted for the second half, and Liverpool were reported to have subsequently fined the striker for the incident.

“It is not something I stand for,” Rodgers said. “If you want to do that, you do it at the end of the game.”


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