Disgraceful! Ex-Chelsea winger Nevin slams ball boy after Hazard clash – and says he'd have kicked out like Belgian
11:53 GMT, 24 January 2013
12:06 GMT, 24 January 2013
Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin has claimed he would have done the same as Eden Hazard if he had been involved in the controversial ball-boy incident at Swansea.
The Belgium forward was dismissed by referee Chris Foy after he lost patience in last night's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg match in South Wales as 17-year-old ball boy Charlie Morgan refused to hand over the ball after it had gone out of play for a goal kick.
Morgan fell to the ground as Hazard attempted to get the ball from him, with the Chelsea star then trying to kick it from under him but appearing to instead make contact with the youngster.
Stamp it out: Eden Hazard was sent off for kicking Charlie Morgan
When asked how he would have reacted to the situation, former Scotland winger Nevin told BBC Radio 5: 'I would have kicked the ball out from underneath the ball boy if he had been lying like that, 100 per cent.'
And Nevin also criticised the behaviour of 17-year-old Morgan, branding it 'disgraceful'.
He added: 'I was very, very disappointed by the way the ball boy acted, and I say “acted”.
'He must have been watching footballers, the way he rolled around and pretended to be more injured.
'He only has one job and his job is to go and give the ball back, and what did he do He keeps the ball.
Take Pat: Nevin hit out at the Swansea ball boy after last night's clash
'I have to say I was absolutely amazed this morning to find he is 17, not 12, not 13.
'He should know what his action should be in that situation. His behaviour was disgraceful.'
Early bath: Hazard was shown a straight red card by Chris Foy
There has been criticism of Foy for his dismissal of Hazard, but former Premier League official Dermot Gallagher praised his handling of a difficult situation.
He said: 'The referee has taken the correct action, It's against the laws of the game to commit violent conduct on anyone under the jurisdiction of the game.
'I can't reinforce how switched on the officials were. It would have been so easy for the assistant referee not to pick that (incident) up – but he did.'
Gallagher continued: 'There's no defence for that. Someone said it was borne out of frustration but you have to accept it. I don't want to see it again.
'It was an extreme but you can't have that at a football match. It's been addressed – and the action which has been taken is strong and correct.'