Borussia Dortmund's Sven Bender was forced to don a replica shirt from the club's shop during the 3-1 Champions League victory over Napoli on Tuesday night.
The Dortmund midfielder suffered a broken nose during a clash against Napoli in Germany at the Westfalenstadion, resulting in an unfortunate uncontrollable hemorrhage from the nose. The club's medical staff's attempt at stopping the blood flow included plugging the player's nose with cotton wool.
However, the medical staff's efforts proved fruitless as his nose bled for the duration of the match. The blood covered his shirt and led to him having to change his shirt no less than three times until he had none left.
Fifa rules stipulate that a player cannot continue to play while wearing a blood-stained shirt. If no clean shirt is available the player must be substituted.
Fortunately for Dortmund, their kit-man came to the rescue. The club's kit-man made a quick dash to the club's merchandise store and purchased a replica shirt for the player to use for the remainder of the match.
"It was important that Bender stayed on because of his performance," a delighted Jurgen Klopp stated.
"It was a great game for him and we had to change his bloodied shirt several times. The last one we got from the club shop."
The German international was used as a make-shift defender as his side have been affected by somewhat of a crisis in defence. Dortmund were without the injured Neven Subotic, Mat Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer on the evening.
The result edges Dortmund closer to the knockout stages of Champions League and pushes the Italians ever closer to the brink of elimination.
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