Everton’s Djibril Sidibe explains how Carlo Ancelotti mocked him after sock saga

Everton star Djibril Sidibe has spoken about how Carlo Ancelotti made a mockery of his now infamous sock incident.

The Italian was initially outraged after having to delay a substitution after Sidibe forget to put on a sock in the first half of the Toffees’ win over Crystal Palace .

Ancelotti wanted to make a swift change after Theo Walcott had picked up an injury but had to wait while the Frenchman ran down the tunnel to retrieve said sock.

Supporters close to the touchline found it hilarious when the mishap became apparent but Ancelotti appeared less than amused.

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But Sidibe claims the former Napoli and Chelsea boss has since seen the funny side and now laughs about the incident.

“The manager is an experienced guy, (afterwards) he just had a laugh about it,” said the defender.

“Even the next morning when I turned up for training, it was: 'Have you remembered your socks today?'

“Before the game, we were warming up and I had long pants on, trackies, and a top. I hadn’t noticed at that point (he only had one sock on).

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“When they were going to do the substitution it looked like a straight swap (Alex Iwobi for Walcott).

“But no, Sidi, you are coming on. I was thinking of asking Moise Kean (another substitute on the bench) for his socks but I thought I would have looked more ridiculous. These things can happen in football.

“But seriously, I was ready to come on but I had somehow forgotten among the stress and tensions of the game.”

And Sidibe claims he received a whole host of messages from fellow professionals after they had seen what happened in sock gate.

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“I had a ton of messages afterwards from players taking the mickey. It’s not happened before.

“We have a French World Cup winners WhatsApp group. I also keep in touch by message with the Monaco team.

“There's Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva (now both of Manchester City), Tiémoué Bakayoko (who went to Chelsea but is now back at Monaco on loan) and Falcao (now of Galatasaray).

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“It was a magnificent group and they were all great guys.

“Benjamin gave me stick for my level of English when I came to England, he was laughing it at it.

“He said that when I gave my first TV interview in English he was going to put it out on Twitter.”

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