Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard was red carded during the League Cup semi-final today after he kicked a Swansea ball boy in the stomach.
The incident happened before the 80th minute of the match, where a Swansea ball boy went to collect the ball near the corner flag. The boy fell down and landed on the ball that he had in his hands. Hazard went over to collect the ball, got frustrated and proceeded to try to kick the ball out from under the child, but ended up kicking him in the stomach instead.
While Hazard’s patience was running thin, it’s absolutely appalling hat this professional footballer would resort to injuring the teen.
After Hazard kicked the ball boy, the 17-year-old held his stomach in agony until he was finally led off the pitch with his hand holding his stomach.
After consultation, referee Chris Foy gave Hazard the red card. The Belgian midfielder walked off the pitch to a chorus of boos from the Liberty Stadium faithful.
The match between Swansea and Chelsea ended in a nil-nil draw, which was more than enough for Swansea to qualify for their first major cup final. Swansea will play Bradford City in the final on February 24 at Wembley. But despite this, it’s a shame that today will be remembered for an unsavory incident by Eden Hazard.
Overall, Swansea deserved to qualify for the League Cup Final. Today, the Swans were defensively stronger with Ashley Williams and Chico Flores having another impressive game. In the past few weeks, the Swansea side has shown a new resilience that is based on playing as a tight unit in the back, allowing very few goals as witnessed by their Premier League matches against Everton (0-0) and Stoke (3-1).
Chelsea, meanwhile, were lacking the killer edge today. Demba Ba was marked out of the game, and when Fernando Torres came on later in the match, it was too little too late. Chelsea’s best player on the day was Petr Cech, which gives you an indication of how the game ended up.