Chelsea's Eden Hazard might be one of the best soccer players in the world, but that doesn't mean he's above kicking a young child who is on the ground. You would expect Hazard will find himself on the end of lengthy ban after this bizarre incident. But a ban from playing soccer might be the least of his worries.
South Wales Police say they plan to interview ball boy who was apparently kicked by Chelsea player Eden Hazard during Capital One Cup match
— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) January 23, 2013
Hazard was trying to get the ball back as his team was losing a knockout game against Swansea City. A native of Belgium, Hazard earns $200,000 per week playing in the English Premier League for Chelsea.
The ball boy, Charlie Morgan, a Swansea fan, had Tweeted earlier in the night that he had been called in to work at the game and used hashtags to insinuate that he would delay the game, saying he was "Needed for time wasting" — the semi-legal practice of not giving the ball back to the opposition in an attempt to run the clock.
— Charlie Morgan™ (@CHARLIEM0RGAN) January 23, 2013
He did look like he was in pain...
And for those of you who can't quite get enough of it, here's the close-up version...
(Hat tip to balls.ie)
Chelsea's official Twitter account later deleted this tweet that defended Hazard's actions:
The official Twitter then backtracked...
Apologiesfor earlier ballboy tweet. Hazard has now met with the ballboy and has saidsorry. #CFC
— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) January 23, 2013
Chelsea tied the game 0-0, and having lost last week 2-0 to Swansea at home, are eliminated from the competition.
And now finally, the video version, drum roll please...