Borussia Dortmund’s sensation Erling Haaland has been accused of lacking class after snubbing a shirt swap against Gibraltar.
Norway defeated five European minnows in their continued qualification for the 2022 World Cup. Haaland also scored a hat-trick.
It was a completely different story when they met in March, with Haaland failing his mark on the scoresheet.
Roy Chipolina, a non-league footballer, had requested to swap shirts after the first match.
However, when speaking to The Sun, his teammate, Reece Styche revealed that Haaland had laughed at the request and then walked away.
Styche, like Haaland, who was born in Leeds, was born outside of the country he represents.
The Gibraltar International was born in Sutton Coldfield and has had a journeyman’s career through the English pyramid, most recently at Hednesford.
“None of us wanted Haaland’s shirt, so we snubbed him. Last March, our skipper Roy Chipolina asked for Haaland’s shirt when we met in Gibraltar,” According to Styche, The Sun was right.
“Norway won 3-1, but Haaland didn’t score. Haaland was substituted after one hour. He was feeling a little agitated.”
“After they’d both done TV interviews, Roy said to him: ‘My little boy’s a massive fan of yours, do you mind swapping jerseys?’
“Haaland just looked at him, laughed and walked off! He can purchase a lot of stuff, but he can’t afford class. Maybe the media hype has taken over his head.
“He had the chance to make a little kid’s day, month, year, whatever and he said no.
“He didn’t want his shirt in Oslo. He may have kept it to commemorate his hat trick or given it to a Norwegian fan as it was their first home match since Covid.”
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Styche also scored, with his goal in the first period being a consolation for the team.
Gibraltar is one of many European countries that has benefited from the Nations League.
While still in its early years, the competition allowed the peninsula nation to participate in competitive fixtures on an ongoing basis.