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Thorgan Hazard removed from Zulte captaincy after just 24 hours

Aug 4, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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Thorgan Hazard, the brother of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, has been asked to return the captain’s armband at loan club Zulte Waregem after being appointed to the position just 24 hours earlier.

Thorgan is also on the Chelsea books, but was sent on a season-long loan to the Belgian Pro League side for the second straight year.

The 20-year-old was made captain yesterday, much to the anger of fans who believed the appointment was made at the request of Chelsea.

According to Sky, the captaincy has been handed back to last year’s captain, 32-year-old defender Davy de Fauw, much to the delight of the fans.

Hazard made 28 appearances for Zulte last season in all competitions, including making it to the Champions League qualifying rounds.

The club issued a statement, saying, “Everyone involved with the club will help to shape the development of Thorgan Hazard.  Therefore, we have decided in the interests of the club to inform Thorgan Hazard that the captain’s armband will go to Davy de Fauw.”

De Fauw also said he accepts the decision happily to help the club, and he will do his best to help the development of Hazard.

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