Marseille reopened the Stade Velodrome after stunning renovations by hosting Montpellier. UEFA president Michel Platini was in the house for the occasion, but the match was one that the home side will hope to forget. Losing 2-0 to Montpellier was bad enough, and Andre Ayew's laundry issues made it that much worse.
The Ghanaian World Cup star suffered a head wound during the first half, requiring him to change his shirt and have his head wrapped so he could continue. During the second half, the wound reopened and he again had to change his blood-stained shirt. But there was a problem: Marseille only had two No. 10 shirts for him and he had already bled all over both of them. The club's kitman pulled out a No. 33 shirt, but since Ayew began the match wearing the No. 10, he had to finish with the same number. So, the team attempted the futile task of trying to turn a 33 into a 10. It didn't work, so Marseille had to substitute Ayew in the 52nd minute, enraging always enraged new manager Marcelo Bielsa.
None too pleased himself, Ayew took his seat on the bench wearing just his bib with no shirt under it.
On the bright side, maybe Ayew was so frustrated by this bizarre turn of events that he was able to forget how much his head hurt for a little while.
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