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Eden Hazard escapes criminal charges after kicking ball boy during Chelsea-Swansea clash

Thursday, 24 January 2013 - 5:13pm IST Updated: Thursday, 24 January 2013 - 5:19pm IST | Agency: ANI
The young boy was kicked by the Belgian star after refusing to give him back the ball during Chelsea's 0-0 draw, which saw Swansea progress to the final of the Carling Cup with a 2-0 aggregate win.
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Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard will not face criminal charges for kicking a 17-year old ball boy during Blues' Carling Cup semi-final second leg clash against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday.

South Wales Police said they have spoken to the teen ball boy, who did not suffer any injuries, and no complaint has been made, Sky News reports.

The young boy was kicked by the Belgian star after refusing to give him back the ball during Chelsea's 0-0 draw, which saw Swansea progress to the final of the Carling Cup with a 2-0 aggregate win, the paper added.

Hazard was sent off during the match, which saw Chelsea lose yet another chance to win a silverware, and in the process sending Swansea through to the cup final against Bradford at Wembley.

A police spokesperson said South Wales Police could confirm that the Swansea City ball boy has been interviewed in the presence of his father and no complaint has been made, adding the boy didn't suffer any injuries.

With just over 10 minutes remaining and Chelsea needing to score twice to take the tie to extra-time, Hazard lost patience when the ball boy refused to hand over the ball after it had gone out of play for a goal-kick.

The teenager fell to the ground as Hazard attempted to get the ball from him, and the Blues forward then tried to kick it from under him but instead he appeared to make contact with the youngster.

After the game Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez said that Hazard and the ball boy had exchanged apologies in the dressing room after the match.

The boy also later received an apology from Hazard.

A Swansea spokesman confirmed no action would be taken, and that Chelsea had invited the 17-year-old, who has been a ball boy at the Liberty Stadium for six years, into their dressing room.


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