Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has refused to criticise the section of supporters who booed Eden Hazard during Wednesday’s loss to PSG.
The Blues crashed out of the Champions League after losing 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, with the Ligue 1 champions advancing 4-2 on aggregate.
However, after another disappointing display, Hazard appeared to anger the home supporters as he was seen swapping shirts with Angel Di Maria at half-time.
Hiddink noted that he was aware that it happened, but didn’t want to make too big a deal of it as he now faces a selection headache at the weekend due to injuries.
“I’m aware,” he told reporters after the game, according to Sky Sports. “It should not be done. But in some countries it’s usual that you do it [at half-time] and not after the game.
“Maybe they’re both used to doing that. Don’t overvalue this issue. Yes, they [the supporters] had the right to do what they think. You can express always your feelings.”
It comes just a month after the Dutch tactician had told his winger to keep his focus on the club after the Belgian international revealed in an interview that it would be difficult to turn down a move to PSG in the summer.
Hazard was forced to come off in the second half of Wednesday night’s defeat, throwing his availability for the FA Cup game against Everton this weekend into doubt as Chelsea look to keep their only hope of winning silverware this season alive.