Date:Thursday January 24 2013
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!
Date:Thursday January 24 2013
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