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Hazard - No Excuses for That!

Hazard - No Excuses for That!

My, oh my, what another shambolic episode we find ourselves embroiled in.

This morning I`ve ploughed through numerous comments on various threads, relating to the Eden Hazard incident. Opinion, strangely, seems to be mixed. Some reckon it was outrageous, others reckon the ball-boy deserved it?

Picking through the remnants of a shattered dream and watching the incident time-and-time again, it`s plain for all to see (on the slow-motion replays) that Hazard did indeed kick the young lad.

Now, some of you point out that the youngster was genuinely trying to waste time, but two wrongs definitely don`t make a right, do they?

Others point out that the youngster made a right meal of the incident, rolling around as if he`d been pole-axed whilst also, apparently, having courted some kind of notoriety on Twitter, an acceptable point but it still doesn`t make what Eden did acceptable.

Following the final whistle, it appears that Hazard was somewhat remorseful and met his victim, seventeen year-old Charlie Morgan, in the Chelsea dressing room, where apologies (from both sides) were offered.

Talking to the media about what happened, Eden is reputed to have remarked,

"The boy put his whole body on to the ball and I was just trying to kick the ball."

"I think I kicked the ball and not the boy. I apologize."

"The ball-boy came in and we had a quick chat. I apologized and the boy apologized as well. It is over. Sorry."

Something of a blinkered view there from the offender, look at the footage again Eden!

Sucked into the row, Rafa Benitez also had a few words to say, once again trying to smooth over the situation, remarking to the media,

"The boy has been in the dressing room and they both know they were wrong."

"The boy was wasting time and Hazard wanted to get the ball back quickly. He was frustrated and was trying to kick the ball."

Still, Rafa, that`s not an acceptable reason for what happened.

However, whilst the Football Association may be very keen to pursue some sort of action against Eden, it appears that the Police won`t with a spokesperson remarking,

"The Police have interviewed the boy and his father and no charges are being pressed. The boy is fine, he is not hurt."

Maybe, and some will say the manner in which he milked what happened would suggest he`d be a good successor to the Welsh acting line that produced Antony Hopkins and Richard Burton, could we really complain if the FA hit Eden with a huge fine and a lengthy ban?

I`d suggest not!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday January 24 2013
Time: 12:56PM


Hazard deserves what he'll get, but all the moral pontificating by the press is pretty hypocritical. It was all in the heat of the moment, given the game, the score and what was at stake, can't say I would have done anything different. Of course I would have bitterly regret my temper getting the better of me in that instant, but it would have been too late by then. The old farts in the press really don't live in the real world at times..
24/01/2013 13:04:00
Chelsea had approach FA for transferring Hazard 3 match ban on Torres...They say they have no problem if FA can extend the ban to rest of the season...But Chelsea are facing problem from the rest of the PL team they say they wont allow Torres to get ban and will fight for it...
24/01/2013 13:09:00
Apologies have been made, the father isn't going to court, a red card has been issued. What is the problem now?
24/01/2013 13:11:00
this shows he did not kick the boy!
24/01/2013 13:11:00
and that the boy was in fact attempting to roll on the ball again!
24/01/2013 13:12:00
and that the boy was in fact attempting to roll on the ball again!
24/01/2013 13:12:00
you get a straight red these days for attempting a tackle with intent i shudder to think what the FA will make of this. Expecting a lengthy ban from the FA for hazard for this, and he deserves at least 3 game ban.
24/01/2013 13:13:00
He was right,I am afraid.That idiot was wasting time.
24/01/2013 13:14:00
Both ballboy and player were in the wrong. But one is a just a boy, the other is a professional footballer. That said, this has been blown all out of proprotion. Another 17 year old boy was knocked unconcious in a football match last night and is currently undergoing tests in hospital, yet all the talk is about this incident.
24/01/2013 13:14:00
yes but Hazard was not on twitter saying he was going to do it. This whole thing was pre meditated by the 17 year old boy. At 17 he is an adult in the eyes of the law!
24/01/2013 13:21:00
Well what hazard did in hindsight was probably on the spur of the moment bcos we were going to loose the match anyways...but to push all the blame on him is grossly unfair...this is the boy's tweet before the match: The king of all ball boys is back making his final appearance #needed #for #timewasting....this is just disgusting...and he is not a kid, he is 17 years for crying out loud...he knew exactly what he was doing and he was sleeping on the ball...and if I factor in the way he was rolling on the floor after hazard obviously kicked the ball under made the ball ''man'' a lot more pathetic really...I have played football to some good level in the past and this is something I am sure I have done before..the ball is big enough such that when you kick the ball that only make minimal contact with the person...personally I wont castigate Hazard, cos I could have done exactly the same thing....he has apologized and that should end it....if he is banned extensively by the FA, I'll suppoprt him all through it...check tweeter....99% of tweets are behind hazard....the ball man is disgusting and a moron...he should be banned from working in such capacity in the future...of course I dont expect us to appeal the stays and that ends it...
24/01/2013 13:22:00
**was probably on the spur of the moment and not needed bcos we were gointa loose the match anyways
24/01/2013 13:26:00
Every single footballer (except Ferdinard and you know why) that I follow on tweeter supported Hazard (Owen, Luke Shaw, Bale, peenar, our own Pat nevin, I could go on)...these guys are players and they know how these things are...The FA should do whatever they wanta do and we move on...Hazard had no malicious intent and the boy did not even suffer a what are we talking about here...?...I pity the future of england...if that ball 'man' ever becomes a referree then football in england is screwed...I am almost sure chris foyd was that way too when he was younger...the entire scenario is a joke!!!
24/01/2013 13:32:00
First of all the ball boy is not a boy. He's 17.5 years old - old enough to get married and join the army in England and not much younger than Hazard. Hazard went for the ball and took a bit of the man with him. The boy was not really hurt, he was obviously acting. Hazard probably had to go, but should not need to serve more than a 3 match ban as it is obvious to everyone he was not trying to kick the ball boy. Some in the media are painting this as a "new low in football" "worse than Cantona" It was an extraordinary incident but only in so much as I have never before seen a ball boy lie on top of the ball to waste time. Most pros sympathize with Hazard because most know that in the heat of battle, under the provocation Hazard was under, they would have done exactly the same thing. It doesn't mean Hazard shouldn't have been sent-off but it certainly puts the incident into context. It can't be both the most disgraceful episode ever in English football and something virtually every other footballer would have done. Just be thankful it wasn't John Terry. To misquote Balotelli "WHY ALWAYS US?"
24/01/2013 13:34:00
@Cobhamblue...what annoys me the most is that nobody is talking about the ball 'man' absolutely shambolic act...a ball boy should not take sides...he should do his job!....the ball man stated on tweeter before the match...''he was needed for some time wasting''...that in itself is somthing the FA should look into, but we know they wont do that.....the entire english journo are looking for stories even when there is none....terrible!
24/01/2013 13:38:00
Ball boy is an idiot and so is the Swansea player that shouts out to him to not give the ball back thus making the idiot boy lay on the ball! Hazard did the right thing and he gets my backing 100%.
24/01/2013 13:38:00
@Dave-david...thumbs up mate...we are not morons we know what is right and wrong...lets address the real issues.!
24/01/2013 13:43:00
this is why everyone hates chelsea, regardless of the ball boy wasting time thats what they do, its the advantage of being home. what if the referee makes a wrong decision can hazard kick him too? he's accepted it was a mistake so should the planks on here defending him, what next, terry isn't a racist? wayne bridge asked terry to plow his wife? the kid deserved to shot with a bb gun? i used to feel empathyfor chelsea fans, take all the bought success you want but that russian plank has destroyed all the integrity your club once had. not one supporter wanted jose or ancelotti sacked and di matteo was disgracefully treated. your owner along with terry has turned chelsea into the most hated club in english footall and all for what? because he wanted a new toy. i used to love watching chelsea in the zola days and had a lot of respect and affection towards the way you played but all of that has gone and its easy to see why when you encourage and defend the behaviour of the players lately. add to all of it, the one footballer you have who has been a servant to the club and is admired by most neutral fans isn't deservng of an extension despite his loyalty, lampard and the decent chelsea fans deserve better
24/01/2013 13:43:00
The ballboy sems to recover well.
24/01/2013 13:44:00
spurticus87 The ones who Hates on Lampard are Glory fans and Trolls
24/01/2013 13:46:00
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