Eden Hazard apologises for ballboy nonsense

Michael Steele

Eden Hazard was in the wrong for kicking a ball out from underneath a Swansea ballboy during the 0-0 draw at the Liberty Stadium. The ballboy was in the wrong for pulling off a premeditated stunt that was designed to influence a football match in which he should have paid no actual part and then appearing to feign injury to get Hazard in trouble.

When both sides are in the wrong, the happiest outcome is that they can recognise that and apologise to each other. Which, thankfully, is what happened:

The boy put his whole body onto the ball and I was just trying to kick the ball and I think I kicked the ball and not the boy. I apologise.

The ball boy came in the changing room and we had a quick chat and I apologised and the boy apologised as well, and it is over. Sorry

-Eden Hazard. Source: ChelseaFC.com.

There's be no police action on this one (because despite being stupid from Hazard, it wasn't worth prosecuting over), but Hazard will almost certainly be suspended by the FA regardless. It's entirely possible that the suspension ends up reduced by this mutual apology, but you shouldn't expect to see him again in domestic play for a few games regardless.


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