Chelsea star Eden Hazard was sent off for losing his head in trying to kick the ball boy last night in the Capital One Cup encounter with Swansea. However, the Belgian survives charges as no action will be taken against him by the police for his frustrated actions.
The red card was produced in the 80th minute of the game and perhaps did not matter much in the outcome of the game as Swansea had 2-0 lead from the first leg and were defending brilliantly to keep out the attacking threat of the blues.
The game ended in stalemate as the Swans qualified for the final, a big night for them but the main talking point was about Eden Hazard and the young ball boy.
Hazard tried to get the ball back as seemingly the ball boy was resisting, the Belgian then kicked out to loosen boy’s grip on the ball. The lad fell as if in great pain and referee Chris Foy produced red card for Hazard’s behavior. Later the player did say sorry for his act and will not face any charge. Swansea spokesman claimed:
“The police have interviewed the boy and his father and there are no charges going to be pressed, as far as they are concerned that is the matter closed,”
“The ball boy has been into the Chelsea dressing room after the game and shaken hands with Eden Hazard. The likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard were exemplary in their behavior in welcoming him into the dressing room.”
Hazard perhaps over reacted in the heat of the moment, the ball boy perhaps over acted and it never should have been a red card. In any case, Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez claims that Hazard’s actions were mainly because of growing frustration during the game. Rafa said:
“He (the boy) was wasting time, Hazard was frustrated, he wanted to get the ball back quickly so they have both made a mistake and we cannot say too much.”
The incident is now closed as far as the police books are concerned but still widely discussed in the media and will take time to settle. Whether or not Hazard faces 3 match ban from the FA after being cleared by the police, we will have to wait and see.