By Tim Polzer
January 23, 2013

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard was red carded for attempting to kick the ball free from underneath a Swansea ball boy late in a League Cup semifinal loss Wednesday.

Yahoo Sports! reports when Hazard, a two-time French league player of the year, attempted to retrieve the ball for a goal kick:

. . . the 17-year-old ball boy had other ideas, and tried to deliberately keep Hazard from getting to it by falling on top of the ball. So, after a bit of a struggle, Hazard tried to kick the ball free, prompting the teenager to finally roll off it.

According to BBC Sport, Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez said Hazard and the ball boy apologized to each other after the match.

"The both recognize there was a mistake. The boy was apologizing for time wasting. Hazard was frustrated and tried to get the ball. He was kicking the ball and getting the ball.

"We can analyze if for half an hour but we know that both are wrong."

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