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Belgian FA hit out at Eden Hazard after incident during Capital One Cup tieHazard clashed with ball boy Charlie Morgan, 17, while trying to reclaim ballFormer Chelsea star Pat Nevin backs Hazard and calls Morgan 'disgraceful'
17-year-old ball boy is heir to 42m Swansea director's fortune Claims ball boys were under orders to help Swansea rubbished by club
FA investigating the incident, but PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor does not believe Hazard should face additional punishment
qualifier for Belgium and was filmed tucking into a burger from a van outside.
Steven Martens, the chief executive of the Belgian FA (KBVB) said: 'It's unfortunate and of course it's not something we are proud of. No football authority or person interested in football likes to see acts of violence or lack of respect and this is what happened.
'It might have happened in the heat of the fire but professionals are expected to be able to control themselves.
'They have to be able to control their emotions and when they don't that's unpleasant in general.
Anger: Swansea's Ashley Williams (centre) is held back as he tries to confront Eden Hazard (off camera)
Sending off: Chelsea's Eden Hazard (#17) receives a red card from referee Chris Foy for violent conduct
'Of course as we are the Belgium FA we don't like it to be a Belgium national squad player but I am very much convinced that Eden himself will realise that.
'Eden is more than intelligent enough to understand that this is going to be a lesson learned for him. All of us make mistakes in life.'
Martens, speaking at a meeting of UEFA's 53 member associations in Nyon, said Hazard's frustration was perhaps a reflection of the intense pressure on his shoulders.
Helping hand: Chelsea's Demba Ba (right) checks on the ball boy after he had clashed with Eden Hazard
Boast: The 17-year-old earlier wrote on Twitter that he was 'needed for timewasting'
He added: 'It is easy to judge from outside but you also have to see it from the player's side too.
'I have been a professional sports coach for many years and the demands on athletes and players are there day-in, day-out.
'Yes we think these guys are well-paid and have a luxury life but on the other hand there is an expectation on them all the time. 'It's not an excuse but it is something that could help us try to understand.'
While the boss of Belgium's football association was damning of Hazard, the Chelsea forward found a supporter in Pat Nevin.
Wealthy: Charlie Morgan (left), the ball boy who
was kicked by Eden Hazard during a League Cup game last night, is the
son of multi-millionaire businessman Martin Morgan (right)
Property: The self-made tycoon is the owner of the luxury Morgans hotel in Swansea, pictured
Boasting: Charlie posted a picture of a broken
bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne on his Twitter page, as well as one
of torn-up betting slips
The former Chelsea winger claimed he would have done the same as Hazard if he had been involved in the controversial ball-boy incident at Swansea.
When asked how he would have reacted to the situation, 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.
Travelling in style: Charlie put up this picture of himself in Virgin Atlantic's upper class
Destination: The teenager on holiday in Las Vegas, in another picture he posted to Twitter
'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.
'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.'
The ball boy at the centre of the storm Charlie Morgan is the son of hotel and property tycoon Martin Morgan, said to be the 32nd richest person in Wales.
Morgan is on the the Swansea board of directors – which is how Charlie ended up as a ballboy for the League Cup semi-final against the Londoners.
Pricey: A photo of the Louis Vuitton store in Las Vegas which Charlie put on Twitter
Shared: The teenager retweeted someone else's
120,000 receipt with the caption, 'This is huge time', and also let his
friends know about the good weather at his holiday destination
Posting on Twitter before the game, the teenager wrote: ‘The king of all ballboys is back making his final appearance #needed #for #timewasting.'
Charlie's father is the director of 11 hotel and property companies and has featured in recent editions of the Sunday Times Rich List.
Morgan comes in at No 32 in the top 100 list for Wales – ahead of Premier League footballers Michael Owen and Ryan Giggs and 80s rock chick Bonnie Tyler.
Ben Watkins, 18, a former school friend of Charlie's, said: 'He must be the richest ball boy in football.
In pain: Morgan (second right) is ushered away from the sidelines following the incident with Hazard
'He's mad about Swansea City – what he did was a bit foolish especially after be boasted he was going to time waste. I guess he's been a bit spoiled because his dad's got pots of money.'
In posts on Twitter Charlie brags about drinking Veuve Clicquot champagne and going on holiday to Las Vegas and Dubai.
Swansea are highly unlikely to take any action against Morgan for his part in the ugly clash – and the club has rubbished claims that their ball boys were ordered to give them an unfair advantage in the Capital One Cup clash.
Morgan has been widely accused of
deliberately withholding the ball, a stance seemingly supported by his
posts on Twitter earlier in the day.
Striker: Eden Hazard is pictured earlier in the match (left) and winning an award in Paris in May 2011 (right)
The club refused to comment when asked to explain the decision, but Swansea vice-chairman Leigh Dineen reiterated Michael Laudrup’s assertion that their ball boys were not briefed to favour the home side.
Dineen told the Guardian: ‘There was no agenda, absolutely not. Stoke, a few years ago, would get the ballboy to wipe the ball down for a long throw and that was something the ballboys were obviously told to do. But certainly we don't line up the ballboys and ask them to waste time. Definitely not.’
A club spokesman added that Morgan,
who started his role aged 12 in 2008, ‘has been a ballboy for about six
seasons and there’s never been a complaint before’.
FA have also confirmed they will be taking no action against Swansea
over the incident, while South Wales Police are not pursuing the case as
Morgan declined to press charges.
The FA are reviewing footage of the
action, but Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon
Taylor does not believe Hazard should face additional punishment.
Hurt: The ballboy (centre) is ushered away from the sidelines following the incident with Eden Hazard
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He said: 'There is obviously a process which the FA have to go through and it is up to them what they decide. 'But I don't think the young lad involved would want to see Hazard punished further.
'The referee made the correct decision on the night and you do not want people to be hung, drawn and quartered for things that happen in the heat of the moment.
'It is disappointing and Hazard has shown remorse and the two clubs handled the matter very well.
'It will be seen as another stick to beat the game with, but the game has always been about passion and emotions running high and it is a shame for this to overshadow the wonderful achievements of Swansea and Bradford – two clubs who have faced extinction – in reaching the final.'
Coach Alan Curtis also insisted the ball boys were not told to waste time.
He said: 'We never gave them any
instructions whatsoever to slow the game down. It’s never ever been the
case at all. It was a really unfortunate situation.
'I’ve got to be honest though, if I had been the player, I would have tried to get the ball back as quickly as possible.
'Unfortunately it’s been blown up to
be a major incident. It was quickly defused straight after the game.
They met up after the game and shook hands, both apologised and, as far
as we’re concerned, that is the end of it.
'It’s a shame that it’s overshadowed everything.'
Meanwhile, Fulham boss Martin Jol has accused Morgan of 'playing rugby' against Chelsea and said he could understand Hazard kicking out at the teenager.
Jol said: 'Our ball boys are between 10 and 12 years of age. I saw he (Morgan) was probably over-age, probably 21. A big boy, you know Six foot, maybe
'I felt for Hazard, but you can't kick people. He (the ball boy) was playing rugby with him, so I can understand he wanted to get the ball.
'We always tell coaches to tell the ball boys to give the ball back as soon as possible. To do it quick; and not to irritate people.
'Of course you could say Eden should have controlled himself, but it was bizarre. The ball boy shouldn't lie on the ball and play rugby with it.
'He (Hazard) should have controlled himself, but I can see why he did it. I'm not allowed to say I would have done the same so, of course, I would not have done that.'
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