Barton Award: Assault On A Minor Edition

Eden Hazard of Chelsea was sent off during the Swansea match for roughing up a ball boy. Yes, a ball boy.

Ugly stuff.

Now you could say that the ball boy shouldn’t have smothered the match ball like that however, is it really necessary to kick the poor kid after shoving him over? No. The ref should take care of something like that.

Hazard made a typical Chelsea-type apology in this statement:

“The boy put his whole body on to the ball and I was just trying to kick the ball and I think I kicked the ball and not the boy,” said Hazard. “I apologise. The ballboy came in the changing room and we had a quick chat and I apologised and the boy apologised as well, and it is over. Sorry.”

The victim of the kick to the gut is not pressing charges (probably out of fear of Roman Abramovich).

Our favorite fat Spanish waiter AKA Chelsea’s interim manager Rafael Benitéz put his two-cents in:

“They have apologised to each other,”  “They knew they were both wrong. He was wasting time. Hazard wanted to get the ball back quickly and he was kicking. They both made mistakes. They both accept they were wrong, and we can’t change things. We will deal with this internally. He was frustrated and just wanted to get the ball back, but we will analyse it and see what happens.”

“Do you think we are not disappointed with the situation, that we don’t regret what’s happened? They apologised. You cannot change things. We cannot. They both made a mistake. The player spoke with the boy and said sorry because there was a mistake. Listen to me: as Chelsea FC, we know it was a mistake, we talk with the boy, we talk with the player. The boy was there with us in the dressing room. Everyone was very clear.”

Yea sure, some limp apologies then we all just forget about it, right?

Chelsea’s official Twitter feed decided to dump some gas (petrol) on the situation by making the statement “Has football gone mad?”, upset by the decision of a red card. They later wizened up and apologized for the comment.



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