Swansea ball boy was 'bent', claims Sky Sports pundit Hoddle after Hazard red
00:14 GMT, 24 January 2013
03:41 GMT, 24 January 2013
In the aftermath of Eden Hazard's sending off on Wednesday night Sky Sports pundit Glenn Hoddle remarked on a separate incident which took place ten minutes before the Chelsea player's moment of madness.
The former Blues boss noted how another Swansea ball boy was slow to return to ball into play, but he was quick to condone the Belgian's subsequent actions.
Scroll down to see the incident…
Floored: Demba Ba checks on the ball boy after the incident
Chelsea Twitter blunder:
Chelsea's official Twitter account reacted angrily to the incident before apologising…
9.45pm: 'Has football gone mad Hazard is sent off for kicking the ball
under a ballboy attempting to smother the ball rather than return it.
10.30pm: ‘Apologies for earlier ballboy tweet. Hazard has now met with the ballboy and has said sorry. #CFC’
Hoddle said: 'He's very slow, he rolls the ball deliberately slowly back to goalkeeper, he's bent, mark my words.
'He's been told, the ball boy would been told to do that. The Chelsea players were aware of what was going on.
'The ball goes off, the ball boy lets the ball go past, he's taking his time. And the young lad falls on the ball.
'But you can't condone what Hazard then does.'
He added: 'You do that as a management team, I know for a fact in European games, you will tell people who are instructing ball boys that if you're winning game, don't get ball back quickly.
Marching orders: Hazard (right) is sent off by referee Chris Foy
Owen hits out:
Former England international Michael Owen wrote on Twitter:
'I'm not saying Hazard isn't in the wrong but I hate to see a person who instigates a situation then cry foul for next to nothing.
'My oh my. What am I reading People mentioning assault He shouldn't kick the ball out of his hands but has this world gone mad
'Both the kid and Hazard were in the wrong. Not having Hazard tried to hurt him though. He just tried to toe poke it out of his grip.'
'If you're losing the game, you want the
ball boy on the ball, that's your home advantage. It's like the old
towel one when the home team uses one to wipe the ball.
'But they don't let the away team do the same.'
Co-pundit Chris Coleman added: 'You can't do what the ball boy does for starters, that's wrong, but Hazard cannot give that reaction.
He kicks the ball boy, that's just frustration and you can't do that.
The ball boy is lying on the ball, I can't say I've seen that before, but that reaction from Hazard is not the right one. The ref had no option in the end.'
No quarter: England rugby star Danny Care defended Hazard
VIDEO: Hazard's moment of madness…
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