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Robin van Persie signs for BT Sport

Van Persie joins BT Sport's dream team! United striker to appear alongside Bale in ambitious broadcaster's ad campaign

By
Brian Lee

PUBLISHED:

10:54 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UPDATED:

11:19 GMT, 26 April 2013

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BT Sport's list of big-name signings expanded again today as they added Manchester United striker Robin van Persie to their star-studded line-up.

The broadcaster, who will air 38 Premier League games next season, confirmed the news on Twitter that Van Persie will appear alongside Gareth Bale in ad campaigns for their coverage.

Van Persie leads the Premier League scoring charts this season with 24 goals to his name, one more than Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, and the Dutchman's hat-trick against Aston Villa on Monday night sealed United's 20th top-flight title.

BT have also snapped up Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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Smashing signing: Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will appear on BT Sport's ad campaigns

Smashing signing: Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will appear on BT Sport's ad campaigns

Dream team: Van Persie joins Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on BT's list of stars

Dream team: Van Persie joins Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on BT's list of stars

Great news! BT Sport confirmed Van Persie's signing on Twitter

Great news! BT Sport confirmed Van Persie's signing on Twitter

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who signed for the Gunners from Southampton in 2011
and has 10 England caps, will also become a BT Ambassador for the next
three years.

The 19-year-old winger said: 'I am very pleased to be named as a BT
Ambassador and to feature in the adverts and as a guest for BT Sport.

'As a young player, I hope I can bring some real insight into the Premier League, as part of the BT Sport team.'

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: 'We are thrilled that Alex has
agreed to sign up for BT Sport. Alex is emerging as an international
star, having broken into the senior team aged just 18.

'His hard work and dedication to improvement has already taken him to
great heights and serves as an inspiration to young football fans that
if you are good enough, you are old enough.'

Regular guest: Arsenal youngster Oxlade-Chamberlain will be appearing on BT Sport next season

Regular guest: Arsenal youngster Oxlade-Chamberlain will be appearing on BT Sport next season

VIDEO: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joins BT Sport

As well as the rights to show 38 live games a season from the Barclays
Premier League, including 18 of the top picks, BT Sport has also secured
the rights to live top-tier matches from Serie A in Italy, Ligue 1 in
France, Brasileiro in Brazil and Major League Soccer in the USA.

And BT’s acquisition of ESPN’s TV channels business in the UK and
Ireland will bring the rights to show live games for the FA Cup,
Scottish Premier League, Europa League and the German Bundesliga.

BT Sport will also show up to 69 live rugby union games a season from the Aviva Premiership.

In
addition, BT has signed a deal with the Women’s Tennis Association
(WTA) to show up to 800 hours of live tennis, including the TEB BNP
Paribas WTA Championships.

I'm in: Spurs winger Bale has already signed for BT Sport ahead of their Premier League coverage

I'm in: Spurs winger Bale has already signed for BT Sport ahead of their Premier League coverage

And... action: Bale films an advert for BT Sport

And… action: Bale films an advert for BT Sport

Basle v Chelsea – live Europa League

EUROPA LEAGUE LIVE: Basle v Chelsea – follow the semi-final as it happens from St Jakob-Park

By
Dan Ripley

PUBLISHED:

03:00 GMT, 25 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:17 GMT, 25 April 2013

Live scores

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Basle v Chelsea

Fenerbahce v Benfica

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Europa League as Chelsea visit Basle in the first leg of their semi-final at St Jakob-Park.

The Blues remain on course to win a European trophy in successive years following last season's Champions League triumph, but face a tough test when they travel to the Swiss league leaders.

Basle have already proven their pedigree against Premier League opposition having eliminated Tottenham in a penalty shootout in the quarter-finals.

Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or via Twitter @Ripinho.

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18.16: From Sportsmail's Neil Ashton:

Interesting Chelsea team in training last night. Luiz defensive midfield, Ramires right, Moses left, Hazard in behind Nando, but no Mata.

18.13: If that's not good enough for you though, if the Europa League ends up at Stamford Bridge this season, Chelsea will become only the fourth side to win all three of UEFA's major club competitions.

They would join Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich (good company) in having won the Europa League, the Champions League and the European Cup-Winners' Cup.

Chelsea won the latter in 1970/71 and 1997/98 and it's still a competition I miss after being scrapped in 1999 (bring it back UEFA!)

The Italian job: Chelsea's Gianfranco Zola and Gianluca Vialli lift the 1998 European Cup-Winners' Cup

The Italian job: Chelsea's Gianfranco Zola and Gianluca Vialli lift the 1998 European Cup-Winners' Cup

18.10: For a club often accused of lacking history compared to its current stature, you sure can't fault Chelsea's recent record at trying to make up for lost time.

After becoming the first London club to be crowned European champions last year, the Blues are now attempting to become the first team to win the Europa League a year after becoming champions of Europe.

It's not quite the desired order to achieve the double – but it's uncharted territory nonetheless.

18.05: Kick-off is not for another two hours but we have plenty to keep us going between now and then, including the team news which should be with us in around an hour's time – possibly quicker.

18.00:
At many times this season, the Chelsea ship has taken a number of
hammer blows and has looked anything but stable, but for all the
turbulence we have seen at Stamford Bridge, the Blues are
just one step away from yet another European final.

Rafael Benitez may not be a manager
remembered fondly by the majority of the west London club's fans, but the Spaniard is on the brink of leading Chelsea into the record books

Good evening folks, welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of the Europa League semi-finals.

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On the charge: Chelsea remain on course to lift the Europa League trophy

On the charge: Chelsea remain on course to lift the Europa League trophy

Furious Man United fans turn on Roy Keane

Furious Man United fans turn on Keane after former captain claims Nani red card was 'right decision'

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

23:08 GMT, 5 March 2013

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UPDATED:

06:09 GMT, 6 March 2013

Manchester United fans have reacted furiously after Roy Keane claimed the decision to send off Nani in the Champions League clash with Real Madrid was the right one.

United fans on Twitter have described Keane as 'bitter' and claim to have 'lost respect' for the former Old Trafford hero.

Keane's comments came on ITV in the moments after the match which saw his former side kicked out of Europe's elite competition by a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Right decision: United fans are furious their former captain failed to support the club

Right decision: United fans are furious their former captain failed to support the club

The turning point of the match came midway through the second half when Nani was shown a straight red for a clumsy challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa.

The Portugal international appeared to be watching high ball land and his leg hit the Madrid player in his midriff.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was apoplectic on the touchline, but Keane believes Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir made the right decision.

He said: 'I think the referee has actually made the right call. Everyone's upset about it and it's slightly unlucky, but it's dangerous play. Whether he meant it or not is irrelevant.

'It's dangerous play – it's a red card.

'You have to be aware of other players on the pitch. Does he think he's going to have 20 yards to himself

'Whether it's [a brave decision] or not, it's the right decision. Whether he meant it or not doesn't matter.

'Nani's a quick boy to go down anyway. He's not the bravest player on the planet.'

Keane insisted the referee had carefully considered his decision.

Marching orders: Nani was sent off for this challenge during the second half

Marching orders: Nani was sent off for this challenge during the second half

Marching orders: Nani was sent off for this challenge during the second half

He added: 'It doesn't matter if he
knows there's somebody there or not, it's irrelevant. I don't think the
referee actually made the decision because he waited a couple of minutes
while the player was getting treatment.

'I think it might have been the assistant that made the decision, and I actually think he's made the right call.

'We always say referees are very quick to make decisions – he waited a couple of minutes.

'Any time I was sent off in my career
I always thought, “did I give the referee chance to send me off” And
if the answer is yes, then it's out of your hands.'

The defeat leaves United battling on
two fronts for domestic silverware, but Keane may not be welcome at the
home of the Barclays League leaders in the wake of his comments.

One Twitter user said: 'Worst thing
to come out of tonight is Roy Keane's dirty comments, absolutely quality
for us as a player but what a bitter fella.'

Another added: 'The last bit of respect I had for Roy Keane has now well and truly gone.'

No love lost: Fergie was furious with the referee over the decision to send Nani off

No love lost: Fergie was furious with the referee over the decision to send Nani off

No love lost: Fergie was furious with the referee over the decision to send Nani off

Despite
a highly successful working career together, Keane has blasted his
former boss on a number of occasions since his departure in November
2005.

Keane was unhappy with the way he was ushered out of Old Trafford eight years ago.
An
interview with MUTV in which he was critical of some of his Manchester
United team-mates was given as a reason for his departure after
12-and-a-half years.

Asked if he could envisage a time
when he would have a good relationship with the Scot again, Keane told
The Sun: 'I wouldn’t have thought so, no. He’s a busy man and I’m fairly
busy.

'I said before I
was disappointed the way I was treated at the end, nobody will change
that. But that doesn’t mean to say I’m bitter and twisted towards Man
United. Far from it.

'I can go back there, I just wouldn’t be comfortable so that’s my choice.'

Keane
also told the Sunday Times: 'People say Ferguson always does what is
right for Man United. I don’t think he does. I think he does what is
right for him.'

Nicklas Bendtner drink driving incident: Striker booked by police after being on "wrong side of the road"

Bendtner in trouble after 'drunken driving on wrong side of the road'

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

14:09 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:12 GMT, 3 March 2013

Nicklas Bendtner has been booked by police for what he described as 'a mild case of drink driving'.

The Arsenal striker, currently on loan at Juventus, was allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road in Copenhagen.

He apologised for his actions on his Twitter account, saying: 'Dear friends, I was booked for a mild case of drink driving last night.

Whoops: Nicklas Bendtner apologised on Twitter for drink-driving

Whoops: Nicklas Bendtner apologised on Twitter for drink-driving

'It was a quiet night but I am very very sorry to all my friends and fans.

'It is not OK to drink and drive. I take full responsibility.'

Bendtner, 25, who has not scored for the Italian side in nine appearances is set to return to the Emirates at the end of the season.

LIVE: Manchester United v Norwich, Chelsea v West Brom, Everton v Reading, Southampton v QPR, Stoke v West Ham, Swansea v Newcastle, Sunderland v…

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Follow the action from around the grounds as it happens

By
Dan Ripley

PUBLISHED:

04:00 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:18 GMT, 2 March 2013

Live scores (3pm)

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Chelsea v West Brom

Everton v Reading

Manchester United v Norwich

Southampton v QPR

Stoke v West Ham

Sunderland v Fulham

Swansea v Newcastle

Click here for the live Premier League table

All the latest from the Championship

All the latest from League One

All the latest from League Two

All the latest from the SPL

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Manchester United host Norwich in one of seven games kicking off at 3pm. The league leaders will hope to avenge their defeat at Carrow Road from earlier this season when Chris Hughton's side recorded a 1-0 win.

Elsewhere Chelsea know a win against West Brom at Stamford Bridge will take them back up into third place while Everton will hope to keep up their chances of qualifying for the Champions League at Goodison Park against Reading.

Down near the bottom of the table, Southampton can build a 13-point gap over rock bottom QPR at St Mary's and Newcastle will look to build on recent good form when they visit Capital One Cup winners Swansea.

Trying to avoid getting sucked into a relegation fight, West Ham will hope to improve on a poor away record when they visit Stoke and Sunderland host Fulham with the Cottagers in with a chance of moving into the top 10.

Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or via Twitter @Ripinho.

14.10: It's not every weekend we have a double serving of games at 3pm, but as a little bonus click here to follow live coverage of Real Madrid v Barcelona from the Bernabeu in La Liga.

14.05: Well that's a bad start to the weekend – Ryan Giggs is not even in the Manchester United squad!

With that in mind, let's take a huge contrast and focus on West Brom's Izzy Brown. The midfielder (who is still at school) could become the youngest Premier League player this afternoon at 16 years and 54 days old (he is in the Baggies squad at least.)

14.00: We are set to see a few extraordinary things this weekend. As ever the north London derby will be one of them but arguably the most impressive is set to be Ryan Giggs' 1000th senior game.

Team news is coming up for all seven matches, let's hope the Welshman make an appearance at some point.

Milestone man: Manchester United's Ryan Giggs is poised to make his 1000th senior appearance

Milestone man: Manchester United's Ryan Giggs is poised to make his 1000th senior appearance

Martin O"Neill tells Sunderland winger James McClean to forget about Twitter

Sunderland players given social media lesson after McClean's latest Twitter row

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

16:31 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

00:13 GMT, 2 March 2013

Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill has called on a technology expert to teach his players the pitfalls of Twitter and other social networking sites.

The briefing follows James McClean’s latest Twitter row, which led to the Republic of Ireland winger deleting his account this week.

Last Friday, McClean professed his love for The Broad Black Brimmer by the Wolfe Tones. The song tells of a boy whose father is killed while fighting for the IRA, with the title referring to the wide-brimmed hat worn by many of the group’s members in the 1920s during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War.

Ill-advised: James McClean's controversial tweets have got him into trouble

Ill-advised: James McClean's controversial tweets have got him into trouble

One DUP MP called for McClean to be sacked but O’Neill, who has repeatedly warned his players about Twitter, is hoping the midfielder’s decision to stay off the site can help him concentrate on re-establishing himself in the Sunderland team after losing his place following Danny Graham’s arrival.

O’Neill said: ‘We have had someone in to talk to the younger boys about the social media thing and he’s going to have a chat with the senior boys for them to keep an eye on it.

‘He can tell you all the ills and woes and the possibility of what might happen if you were sending out a normal message to your friend, how people can log into these things, and it goes global. It will be a real eye-opener for me because I want to be in the meeting.

Unhappy: Martin O'Neill wants McClean to forget about Twitter and concentrate on his football

Unhappy: Martin O'Neill wants McClean to forget about Twitter and concentrate on his football

‘It’s just getting back to trying to be a bit more responsible for your own actions. I’d never have believed even five years ago that we’d be having this conversation.’

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will open talks on a new contract, just days after his agent claimed he would have to quit Sunderland to enhance his international career.

Captain Lee Cattermole has had an injection in his knee but still faces a lengthy lay-off.

Adrien Broner v Gavin Rees LIVE

LIVE: Adrien Broner v Gavin Rees – round-by-round coverage of the big fight

By
Martin Domin

UPDATED:

03:50 GMT, 17 February 2013

Gavin Rees faces what many are describing as mission impossible when he takes on American superstar Adrien Broner in Atlantic City in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The WBC lightweight belt is up for grabs and you can follow all the action with Sportsmail.

Email your thoughts to [email protected] or via Twitter @martin_domin

3.50am: Bika starting to take control in the second round against Sjekloca. Lucian Bute is ringside and is expected to fight the winner for the title.

3.45am: Bika and Sjekloca are getting underway so it could be an hour till Rees and Broner are in the ring.

3.40am: So, Rees v Broner is for the American's WBC lightweight belt which he won in November when he beat Antonio DeMarco.

Rees on the other hand is a former world champion at light-welterweight and held British and European titles at lightweight.

3.30am: Rees' ring walk won't be before 3.55am but we still have another fight first as Sakio Bika takes on Nikola Sjekloca in a final eliminator for the WBC super-middleweight title.

3.20am: Sportsmail's Jeff Powell is ringside in Atlantic City and will be bringing you all the latest news. Incidentally, he is the only national newspaper journalist present. We do spoil you…

You can tweet Jeff via: @jeffpowell_Mail

3.10am: I'd love nothing more than for Rees to put Broner flat on his back but I just can't see it happening. Having said that, he will certainly give the American a tougher fight than the bookmakers are suggesting. Some in Las Vegas are believed to have quoted 80/1 which is frankly insulting.

3.05am: First things first, please send in your predictions using the addresses above, I want to hear how you think this fight is going to go!

3am: Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of Adrien Broner v Gavin Rees

Adrien Broner Gavin Rees

Ian Harte calls Giovanni Trapattoni a clown

You clown! Harte slams Trapattoni after claiming Republic boss 'didn't know he was Irish'

and World Cup 2014 campaigns.

The former Leeds, Levante and Carlisle United left back, 35, who earned the last of his 63 Ireland caps in 2007, has not been considered for selection since Trapattoni took over from Steve Staunton five years ago.

In a question and answer session on Twitter, Harte tweeted: ‘To all the people asking if I have retired from international football.no I haven’t trap didn’t even know I was Irish #whataclown’.

'Clown': Trapattoni has come in for heavy criticism since Euro 2012

'Clown': Trapattoni has come in for heavy criticism since Euro 2012

Back to his best: Harte has impressed for Reading in the Premier League this season

Back to his best: Harte has impressed for Reading in the Premier League this season

Two years ago Harte claimed that
Ireland’s predominantly Italian back-room staff had admitted to one
Irish player that they were unaware Harte was an experienced
international who had played in the 2002 World Cup Finals under Mick
McCarthy.

Trapattoni later dismissed Harte’s criticism during the pre-match press conference on Tuesday night, saying: 'I know him and saw many games and two years ago he was old enough.

'We have Stephen Ward and we welcome back Greg Cunningham now just as we knew about Kevin Kilbane. We know this.

'I don’t answer him. Which manager thinks about Sammon, Hendrick Ask manager of Harte who these players are.'

Meanwhile, Derby striker Connor Sammon will make his debut against Poland tomorrow night.

The former Wigan forward, sold by Roberto Martinez in the summer, has been handed his first game for the Republic ahead of Wolves striker Kevin Doyle.

Sammon, called up by manager Trapattoni last week, has impressed in training in Dublin over the last two days.

He will partner West Bromwich Albion
striker Shane Long from the start in the Aviva Stadium. Captain Robbie
Keane has been left out of the World Cup warm-up game – Ireland face
Austria and Sweden next month – as he prepares for the new MLS season.

Trapattoni said: 'He is robust and
quick. The big man they are not generally so agile and sensible with the
ball. He can defend the ball very well up front and attack their
defence quickly.

Veteran: Harte has earned 63 caps for the Republic, scoring 12 goals

Veteran: Harte has earned 63 caps for the Republic, scoring 12 goals

Veteran: Harte has earned 63 caps for the Republic, scoring 12 goals

'He can also play. He is big and bold
and strong but usually such players are not so quick. I hope he can
continue because we have been impressed over the two days with us and
with his club.'

The Ireland manager has left out Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood after he failed to get a move out of Wearside during the January transfer window.

Millwall keeper David Forde, who has been a regular this season, takes his place and could now play his first competitive games next month. Veteran Shay Given will be available next month but Trapattoni looks set to ignore his availability for international matches.

Eden Hazard ball boy incident dragged Chelsea into gutter once more

Hazard incident poses the question… when will Chelsea rise from the gutter

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

01:13 GMT, 24 January 2013

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UPDATED:

07:31 GMT, 24 January 2013

Chelsea players demanded answers from Eden Hazard in the dressing room at the Liberty Stadium – and they had every right to do so.

They are furious with the 32million man after he dragged the reputation of this club – champions of Europe remember – into the gutter again.

Forget the FA and the lengthy ban that will follow for the red card. This time Chelsea must act. They must take their own action, make an example of a player who has embarrassed and humiliated the club in front of a worldwide TV audience.

Hazard warning: The Belgian's team-mates are furious with him

Hazard warning: The Belgian's team-mates are furious with him

This Capital One Cup semi-final second leg was beamed all over the world, across north Africa and the Middle East, as Swansea City set off in pursuit of their first major final – a fairytale date with Bradford City at Wembley next month.

They got there, but the enduring memory of last night will be of the moment Hazard lost the plot behind Gerhard Tremmel’s goal. Losing a match is one thing, booting a ball boy something else.

Chelsea’s official twitter feed – which boasts nearly 1.8 million followers around the world – was one-eyed in its immediate response. Seconds after the incident, the club’s verified account tweeted: ‘Has football gone mad Hazard is sent off for kicking the ball under a ball boy attempting to smother the ball rather than return it.’

They apologised for those remarks an hour after the match. Presumably, someone at last saw some sense. But frankly, the club’s lack of self-discipline is alarming. Hazard’s flash of anger is a new low, a despicable act that has brought the great name of Chelsea into disrepute again.

Foolish: Hazard reacted when the ball boy tried to keep the ball away from him

Foolish: Hazard reacted when the ball boy tried to keep the ball away from him

What a year it’s been for them. Earlier in the season, John Terry was banned for four games by the FA after they found him guilty of racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand last season.

In October, the club accused referee Mark Clattenburg of racially insulting John Mikel Obi after their fiery 3-2 defeat by Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League. Clattenburg was cleared by an FA investigation.

This isn’t conduct becoming of European champions, a club with so much positive recent history on its side after winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups, as well as the Champions League, during the Roman Abramovich era.

With fans revolting against the regime of interim manager Rafa Benitez following some indifferent results, Chelsea’s billionaire owner returned early from St Barts to sort out the mess at Stamford Bridge last weekend. But he will struggle to know where to start after this.

We've been here before: The club reported Clattenburg (left) to the FA

We've been here before: The club reported Clattenburg (left) to the FA

Hazard has to be accountable for his actions, sent off by referee Chris Foy after this extraordinary incident late in the second half. Charlie Morgan, son of Swansea director Martin Morgan, certainly played his part in an incredible moment.

Morgan started the day by boasting to his 11 twitter followers that ‘the king of all ball boys was back for one final appearance’. By 10.30pm more than 50,000 were following him and the comments from football fans around the world were a mixture of sympathy and abuse.

Earlier in the day he had tweeted that he intended to waste time to help Swansea hold on to their precious 2-0 advantage from the first leg. With about 12 minutes left, he did just that, holding on to the ball and refusing Hazard’s requests to return it quickly for a Swansea goal-kick.

No choice: Chris Foy gives Hazard his marching orders

No choice: Chris Foy gives Hazard his marching orders

Hazard could have remonstrated with the officials so that they added on time. Instead, what happened next should never be seen on a football field again, a shocking and shameful act by one of the most high-profile names in the game. Booting a ball boy in the ribs was unforgivable. Initially, Hazard seemed unrepentant as he left the field, but Chelsea were left frantically trying to defuse the volatile situation.

Young Morgan, after receiving treatment on his ribs in the Swansea dressing room, was eventually taken to see Hazard. The winger apologised for losing control, but that will not be enough to get him off the hook, with the FA sure to throw the book at him.

His team-mates have had Hazard down as flash and flighty for a while, and it will take time to repair the damage in the dressing room. After this, it will take even longer to restore Chelsea’s battered image around the world.

Eden Hazard red card: Ball boy was "bent" says Glenn Hoddle

Swansea ball boy was 'bent', claims Sky Sports pundit Hoddle after Hazard red

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

00:14 GMT, 24 January 2013

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UPDATED:

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

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.
#CFC'

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

Marching orders: Hazard (right) is sent off by referee Chris Foy

Foolish: Hazard will be banned for at least three games by the FA
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

No quarter: England rugby star Danny Care defended Hazard

VIDEO: Hazard's moment of madness…

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