Laudrup attempts to move on from ball boy drama
Published 28/01/2013 | 12:54
SWANSEA manager Michael Laudrup feels the time has come to move on from the furore caused by Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard's clash with ball boy Charlie Morgan.
Hazard was sent off as Chelsea exited the Capital One Cup at the Liberty Stadium, after appearing to kick Morgan as the 17-year-old prevented the Belgian retrieving the ball with the Blues attempting to overturn a two-goal deficit.
Hazard has since been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association, meaning his automatic three-match ban for his dismissal could yet be extended.
But Laudrup believes the apologies exchanged between Hazard and Morgan after the game mean no further action is necessary, and feels the incident has been blown out of proportion.
He said: "There was a lot of talk about the ball boy. I went to Denmark for a couple of days and he was very famous and in the national news on television.
"There was a lot of spotlight there but we have to go on and carry on.
"Things got a little out of proportion in the following days. There were mistakes on both parts, but obviously you cannot kick anyone.
"But I said after the game at the press conference that what happened showed he (Hazard) is a good boy, he said sorry just after the game.
"He has had his three-game ban and let's carry on and not go too much into it, it's in the past and that's that, let's move on.
"After the game (Chelsea) took the boy into the dressing room, they had (John) Terry, (Frank) Lampard and Hazard there and he said sorry, just after they lost a semi-final. That was very positive for me.
"If they can do that, the persons involved, then the rest of us can move on as well."