Chelsea Star ejected after kicking ball boy
Chelsea star Eden Hazard was ejected from the English League Cup semifinal on Wednesday for kicking a ball boy in the ribs while trying to retrieve the ball after it rolled off the field.
With Chelsea needing two goals against Swansea to force overtime in the two-game series, the ball went behind the goal in the 79th minute.
A 17-year-old ball boy in a Swansea sweat suit, identified as Charlie Morgan in media reports, slowly walked over to pick it up.
Hazard ran up and the teen fell over, the ball under his stomach. Hazard pulled then kicked at the ball while it was under the teen.
After Hazard got the ball free, the winger jogged onto the field, while fans and some players reacted angrily. The ball boy, who has worked for Swansea for six years, clutched his ribs.
Hazard was given a straight red card.
Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez said the ball boy and Hazard apologized to each other: "The boy was apologizing for time wasting. Hazard was frustrated and tried to get the ball."
South Wales Police and the league will investigate.
The match finished 0-0 and Swansea advanced 2-0 on aggregate, setting up a final against Bradford.
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