Switzerland were ripped apart by France at Euro 2016 despite the scoreline ending 0-0. Granit Xhaka had 2 jerseys ripped while 3 other players – Breel Embolo, Admir Mehmedi, and Blerim Dzemaili were all forced to pull on their replacement jersey after their original jersey was ripped.
Puma, the team’s technical sponsor, was quick to look into the cause of the ripped jerseys are released a statement.
Our analysis of the Swiss Home jersey from Sunday’s game shows that there was one batch of material, where yarns had been damaged during the production process, leading to a weakening in the final garment. This can happen, if the combination of heat, pressure and time is not properly controlled in the manufacturing process. The tight fitting ACTV jerseys are made of an elastane and polyester material mix. The defective material was used in only a limited number of Swiss home jerseys.
ACTV Thermo-R technology helps players maintain a constant body temperature that uses a phase-change material injected into the inner athletic tape used on the front and back of jerseys. This technique has been used for Puma national and club teams since March 2014.
Fans should not worry about such defects in the official Switzerland 2016 Home Soccer Jersey or the official Switzerland 2016 Away Soccer Jersey sold online in the U.S. These official jerseys are not as tight fitting as the ones worn by the players and utilize Puma’ DryCELL technology rather than the ACTV Thermo-R technology.
Switzerland is also the technical sponsor for Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, and Slovakio. None of these national teams have had an issue with their jersey at this tournament.