Harry Redknapp blasts Yaya Toure for half-time shirt swap with Paulo Dybala

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It proved a tough night for Manchester City this week in the Champions League with the Citizens slumping to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Juventus in Turin. However, Yaya Toure hit the headlines after the game for a bizarre event at half time.

Despite City finding themselves trailing to a Mario Mandzukic strike, upon the half time whistle, Toure exchanged shirts with Juve forward Paulo Dybala.

It is common place for footballers to exchange their jerseys at full time but with the game still in the balance, a shirt swap is rarely seen.


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BT Sport pundit Harry Redknapp was swift to criticise the Ivorian for this baffling incident, although it is unclear which player instigated the transfer (watch below).

Redknapp remarked: "Can you imagine Vinnie Jones at Wimbledon swapping shirts?

"I don't like it, personally, at half-time. At the end of the game, fine."

The incident has inevitably infuriated many City fans. Such an occurrence puts into question Toure’s commitment to the game and why, when he should be focusing on clawing City back level, was he intent on getting his hands on a Juventus jersey?

After all, couldn’t the pair have just swapped at full time?

A similar incident took place in 2012, when Arsenal’s Andre Santos was slammed by Arsene Wenger for swapping shirts at the interval with Robin van Persie in a league fixture with Manchester United.

This occurrence proved particularly raw with Gooners considering the Dutch forward had left the club just three months previously in controversial circumstances.

Toure is yet to provide his insight on the issue but equally, the City squad are still licking their wounds after surrendering their lead in Group D.

Furthermore, in order for Manuel Pellegrini’s men to regain command over the group they must hope Juventus are defeated during the last round of fixtures or face a duel with a European juggernaut.

As for Toure, coupled with the infamous birthday cake incident and an ever declining work ethic, it appears the 32-year-old’s days at the Etihad Stadium may soon be numbered.

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