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Chelsea's Hazard sent off for kicking ballboy

posted 23 Jan 2013, 16:36 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 23 Jan 2013, 16:36 ]

Chelsea's Eden Hazard gets a red card for kicking a ballboy in the ribs towards the end of the London club's elimination from the semi-final of the League Cup.

SWANSEAWALES, UK (JANUARY 23, 2013) (REUTERS PICTURES) - Chelsea's Eden Hazard was sent off on Wednesday (January 23) during his side's League Cup semi-final defeat to Swansea - for kicking a ballboy.

Twenty four hours after fourth tier Bradford City knocked out Aston Villa, Welsh side Swansea reached their first major English final with a 2-0 aggregate win after the second instalment of their semi-final ended in a dogged 0-0 stalemate.

Hazard was sent off after 81 minutes when a ballboy, who was stubbornly refusing to return the ball and lying on top of it, caused the Belgian to lose his cool as he tried to kick the ball from underneath the youngster but in the process caught him in the ribs.

The ballboy was left lying in apparent pain as players from each side confronted each other before referee Chris Foy gave Hazard his marching orders.

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez later said his player had apologised following the match to the ballboy, who walked away from the incident grimacing theatrically and clutching his side.

Swansea will face Bradford in the final at Wembley Stadium after the minnows upset Premier League Aston Villa on Tuesday.