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Olivier Giroud and Australian star finally swap shirts following 'misunderstanding' at World Cup

Jayden Collins

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Olivier Giroud and Australian star finally swap shirts following 'misunderstanding' at World Cup

Socceroos star Jason Cummings and Olivier Giroud have buried the beef.

It was one of the most hilarious stories to come out of the World Cup - the shirt swap drama between Olivier Giroud and the A-League star.

The Australian-Scottish striker had revealed that he had been ‘palmed off’ by the Frenchman when attempting to get a World Cup memento.


Speaking on The Project, Cummings recalled: “I’m walking, as handsome as ever, and I asked him, ‘Giroud, please man, can I get your shirt man? I’m a big fan, can I get your shirt?’

“And he just walked past me, pretended he never spoke English! And he’s been in the Premier League for 10 years! (laughing). He just walked right past me.”

The hilarious tidbit made its way back to Giroud who fired back with a response challenging Cumming’s story.

The AC Milan striker had shared photos of fellow Australian Jackson Irvine’s jersey with the caption: “Hi @jacksonirvine_ how is my English mate?”


Presumably insinuating that he had already made a deal to swap shirts with another player.

Cummings later admitted that the shirt swap was ‘just a bit of banter’ and that perhaps it got ‘twisted a wee bit’.

The Scotsman-turned-Australian international revealed that Giroud probably hadn’t understood him because of his Scottish accent.


Whatever the beef was, it seems as though the hatchet has well and truly been buried.

Cummings took to Instagram to reveal that the shirt swap did take place, albeit months later.

Cummings shared an image of himself holding a signed Giroud Milan jersey, and a photo of Giroud holding his signed Mariners kit.

He wrote: “What a legend Olivier Giroud. Finally got my hands on your jersey haha. Your English is better than my French mon frère. Top man and all the best for the season. Enjoy the Vegemite bro.”


A satisfying conclusion to a fantastic saga.

The Socceroo had appeared on SEN Radio’s Saturday Morning Mowers Club in December to shed a bit of light on the situation.

He described it as a ‘misunderstanding’ and that he and Giroud had actually conversed since and now they’re ‘actually best mates’.


He said: “He actually messaged me a DM on Instagram and it turns out he’s a great bloke.

“He’s offered to send me an AC Milan jersey and basically said sorry for the misunderstanding and stuff. That’s nice and shows that he’s actually a good bloke.

“I said to him that I’m going to send him back a Mariners jersey in return. It turns out that we’re actually best mates now so, you know, I got the last laugh.”

Cumdog and Giroud - the unlikeliest of pals.

Featured Image Credit: @jasoncummings35/Instagram.

Topics: Australia, Football, Football World Cup, Olivier Giroud, France

Jayden Collins
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