UEFA charge Belgium over Batshuayi mistake

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Belgium have been charged by UEFA after Dedryck Boyata wore Michy Batshuayi’s shirt for part of their European Qualifier against Russia on Saturday.

Boyata, who was officially named on the team sheet as No 4, appeared for the second half with the correctly numbered shorts but wore Michy Batshuayi’s No 23 top.

The mix-up happened in the changing room at half-time and it wasn’t spotted by Belgium’s backroom staff until some time after the second-half has begun and he switched back to his assigned number 4 jersey in the 57th minute.

The Belgian FA has been charged under article 43 (1) of the competition regulations which state: ‘Before each match, each team shall indicate in the relevant match sheet the numbers, full names, dates of birth and, if applicable, shirt names of the 23 players in the squad’.

Batshuayi later joked about the error on his twitter account by posting a picture of Boyata in the kit with the caption “happy to have realised this kid’s dream.”

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