Warnock joins those putting the boot into ball boy Morgan, and says he must have been watching Drogba
13:50 GMT, 27 January 2013
14:11 GMT, 27 January 2013
Leeds manager Neil Warnock has accused controversial Swansea ball boy Charlie Morgan of reacting like Didier Drogba at the Liberty Stadium last week.
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is facing an FA charge after kicking the ball from beneath the 17-year-old towards the end of the teams’ Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.
The incident has divided opinion in football and Warnock didn’t pull any punches in his programme column for today’s FA Cup tie against Tottenham at Elland Road.
The oldest ball boy in history: Warnock was scathing over Charlie Morgan's reaction
Drogba's influence: The Leeds manager said Morgan must have been mimicking Drogba
Warnock wrote: ‘It was interesting to see Hazard’s sending off.
‘He obviously kicked the ball and caught the oldest ball boy in history.
‘I think the lad must have been studying Drogba over the years when you saw his reaction.
‘All that said, I’m sure Hazard will take his punishment because he was out of order.’
Meanwhile, new Leeds owners GFH Capital have reassured Warnock that he will be given cash to spend this week if striker Luciano Becchio leaves before the end of the transfer window.
A statement in today’s programme said: 'He will only be allowed to leave this week if we have an offer that is considered acceptable and in the best interests of the club.
‘If that happens proceeds will be re-invested in the team.’
Becchio submitted a transfer request last week after Leeds rejected offers from two foreign clubs.