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23 January, 2013: Chelsea's Eden Hazard is sent off for kicking a ball boy during their English League Cup semi-final second leg soccer match against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. Photo: Reuters
23 January, 2013: Chelsea's Eden Hazard is sent off for kicking a ball boy during their English League Cup semi-final second leg soccer match against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. Photo: Reuters

It is, unquestionably, one of the more creative reasons for getting sent off in a high profile football match.

Chelsea’s Belgian star Eden Hazard earned his first red card in the English game after kicking a ball boy in the ribs. No doubt he woke up this morning and wished he could turn back the clock.



Before I stick the boot into Mr Hazard, let’s get the ball boy out of the way first. We’re not talking a puny pre-teen here: Charlie Morgan is a 17-year-old Swansea City fanatic who apparently tweeted his desire to time-waste if given the opportunity. And time-waste he did by essentially lying on the ball in the dying stages of the match when Chelsea were desperately seeking goals.

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