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Eden Hazard just kicked a ball boy in the stomach. No, really.

Jan 23, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

Eden Hazard may be a two-time French league player of the year, but after this incident Wednesday night in Wales, the 22-year-old Belgian attacker will always be known as the guy who kicked a kid in the stomach to try and get a ball.

The gif:

I don’t know what that ball boy was doing, but short of trying to get a weapon from under his coat ahead of an assault of Hazard, there’s no justification for what he got: A kick in the ribs from a professional soccer player. Thankfully, he seems fine.

At the time, Chelsea was just over 10 minutes away from being eliminated from the League Cup, Swansea holding the 2-0 lead they earned at Stamford Bridge. So you can see how Hazard would be upset … if he were a petulant 12-year-old that had never received any guidance from an adult.

More: From new angles, re-Telling the Eden Hazard-ball boy incident.

source:  What if the Swans ballboy was trying to waste time? That’s something you will hear a lot about, especially given the tweet (right) the ball boy sent out before the game. So we’re dealing with two idiots instead of one, but Hazard’s actions are still those of somebody who doesn’t gasp the limited significance of a single soccer game. And as we saw on Wednesday, that’s dangerous.

One guy’s a moron. The other assaulted a ball boy. These are two entirely different discussions.

(MORE: Hazard apologizes)

Hazard was red carded, leaving his team to play out the tie’s last moments with little chance of coming back. After seeing what their teammate did, Blues’ players could be forgiven for wanting to get out of Wales as soon as possible.

Now Swansea are on their way to Wembley to meet fourth-tier Bradford City in the League Cup final, but for the next couple of days, all anybody will want to talk about is one young man who lost his head. Expect Hazard to be suspended for a long time.

EDIT: Excuse me for linking directly to my Twitter account, but you’ll find the language of @ChelseaFC’s original tweet …

… that has since been deleted. An accompanying apology:

  1. dannymac17 - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Eden Hazard was in the right. That lil pillick would’ve got a swift boot to the head from me. You are a ball boy, you are not to interact with the game.

    heres a better shot instead of the one you posted Richard.

    • Richard Farley - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      Thanks, Danny. That one is a little better.

      • dannymac17 - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        No problem. Good work you are doing. Keep it up.

    • east96st - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      “That lil pillick would’ve got a swift boot to the head from me.”

      Better be damn sure he’s eighteen or don’t drop the soap when you’re doing a year for battery and endangering the welfare of a minor. Not a really impressive crime to scare off the other convicts. Also, enjoy the inevitable lawsuit from the kid’s parents. You’ll remember your “swift boot to the head” every time you sit down and every time you get a paycheck where your wages are being garnished to pay off the lawsuit. Oh, and that felony conviction on your record will be an anchor around your neck for the rest of your life. Aside from that, good plan!

      • dannymac17 - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        You obviously have never been to jail or how the court system works.

        Ive been incarcerated for a felony. I also work in a law office today.

        Keep quiet pal.

      • east96st - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:28 PM

        Dannyboy – Okay, dumb enough to be sent to jail and you’re answering the phones at some law office. That clearly makes you a legal expert on assaulting minors. Please accept my apologies. Feel free to kick some kid in the head and let us know how that turns out for an ex-con such as yourself. Or, better yet, since this way no one gets hurt, run that idea by your parole officer and see what he/she says about that course of action. I’m guessing they will strongly discourage you from going there.

      • dannymac17 - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:05 PM

        I have no parole officer and I never did. Another assumption post by an incredibly slow individual such as yourself. You should keep quiet and quit speaking on things you have no idea of. I can imagine you let your arrogant children run around the store and scream like a couple piss ants. Father of the year. You should quit reproducing if you haven’t already.

      • east96st - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:32 AM

        Danny – Hmmm, “Father of the year”? Shouldn’t that title go to YOUR dad who raised a convict who threatens to kick children in the head? None of my kids have ever even gotten detention, so I just can’t compete with your track record.

    • berlintexas - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      Hazard just kicked the ball loose.

    • massivedick - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      that was a tap not a kick. kid should have been thrown off the field … pitch … what ever you call it.

  2. berlintexas - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    I would neeeeever kick a ball boy, but I understand.

  3. east96st - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    As a dad, this sickens me. You don’t kick a kid even if he is being an absolute ass. As a kids soccer coach, I hope this may prompt FIFA to institute a rule that mandates the official to tack an additional five minutes onto any match if any representative of the home team is deliberately wasting time. If a ballboy is THAT big of a fan that he tries to influence the game, the only way to prevent that kind of behavior is for the kid to know that it will only succeed in hurting the home team. Personally, I have witnessed more than a few adults “accidentally” preventing the ball from being brought back into play during home games. It’s a childish tactic and it’s time for it to stop and only a penalty assessed to the home team will make it stop.

    • pensfan603 - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      Dont punish the kid for being an ass??
      Ill agree physical Violence, probably isnt the best thing for the kid, but for this game he needed the ball and how else was he going to get it.
      Yes the actions arent right but the kid shouldnt be allowed to do it, i think the kid should be banned from that stadium and disallowed from ball boying again, with that i think it is important that eden makes a statement to the media that what he did was wrong and he should of thought out his decision instead of being spur of the moment. And he should have to go through sensitivity training.

      • east96st - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:15 PM

        I never said “don’t punish”. I said you don’t kick. I’m pretty sure he’ll never be a ball boy again. Look at his tweet – “final appearance”. Even he knows he’s done. As I said above, if the rules were set up to punish the home team for the act, this never happens. The ball boy was just an ass trying to give his club an unfair advantage. At least he’s a kid. Kids do stupid things. How many times have you seen a coach “accidentally” hit the ball away with his foot while walking the sidelines? What excuse does a grown man have? As for Hazard, that’s going to be the most expensive kick of his life.

    • dannymac17 - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      And this is why I can’t take you seriously. He is intentionally trying to ruin the game. People are paid thousands and even millions for playing this game and some little piss-ant is gonna stop them from doing that?

      Discipline your kids or someone else will do it.

      If you find this acceptable then you have failed as a parent.

      • east96st - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        If you find kicking a kid in the ribs acceptable discipline – or you said “in the head”, then you have failed as a human being. Can’t say I’m the least bit surprised you’re bragging about your felony conviction up above. Not hard to see how your anger management issues got you in hot water and how your stupidity got you convicted. I’ve got a grand that says you’ll be back in jail within a decade. Or is gambling a violation of your parole?

      • dannymac17 - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        You’ve got a grand. Put your money where your mouth is. Oh thats right, you only make bets as long as they are a decade long that way you can forget about it later and write it off as you just running your mouth.

        500 bucks says you wouldn’t say half of this to anyone’s face. You are a coward.

        Iv’e been out of jail since 2006. Looks like you would end up owing me.

        Stop writing checks your mouth cant cash.

      • east96st - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:45 AM

        A guy who threatens to kick a kid in the head – through the internet without posting his name, address, and/or any identifying information – is calling someone else a coward? Look up “irony” when you have the chance. You are entertaining, dannyboy. I had started to think you were just a troll, but I suspect you’re not bright enough to play that game and you’re actually serious about the nonsense you’re spewing. Please keep the show going. I’m really finding it very amusing. You should consider writing “the convict’s guide to raising children”. I promise to buy a copy.

    • hatrhurter - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      did you even look at any other angles? like berlin said, he kicked the BALL loose from under the kid. also, yeah you do kick a kid if he’s being an ass when he’s as old as this kid was. what would you do, talk sternly to him while he laughs at you? any judge that sees this would not convict you of anything.

  4. geo91 - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Either ban that fan from the stadium or get off Hazard’s back, that’s garbage. 100% they’re going to try and get money from Hazard over this, so dumb.

  5. krimsonyx - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    It looks to me like he was trying to kick the ball from under the prick.

  6. CaliforniaRedskins - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    I love the idea that people are defending Hazard’s actions. A 22 year old kicked a 12 year old. I understand that the 12 year old was acting childish, possibly because he was 12 years old, but there is no excuse on this one. No one defended Colin Clark for calling a ball boy an inappropriate word because the ball boy was wasting time in Seattle. What is the difference? If one is worse than the other, you could argue that it was Hazard because he actually got physical with the kid. Either way, don’t excuse these actions.

    • dannymac17 - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      12 year olds have twitter?

      Who is really the failure here.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      I think the “kid” is 17.

    • stakex - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      The problem is that he didn’t actually kick the kid. He made a motion with his foot at the ball the kid was holding… and the kid embellished it hardcore. If the guy seriouslly wound up and actually kicked the kid in the ribs, I would be on your side 100%. However I have eyes, and I can see that he didn’t kick this “kid” at all.

      Also, as others have pointed out… hes not 12. Read the article better.

    • trishsaunders8 - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      CaliforniaRedskins…I could not agree more. My head spins to think anybody could justify kicking a child in the head. WOW!

    • hatrhurter - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      if he’s 12 why do both people in his twitter pic have beers in their hands?

  7. capsfan19 - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Yea… Ha of course an initial reaction is to pummel the kid! Buuuuut hazard really shouldve yelled for the ref and demanded additional stoppage time for the incident.
    Im sure the ref wouldve accepted such a plea, the kid would be thrown off the field and the game could continue.
    Now hazard made that bum a martyr.

  8. dannymac17 - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    the little twit knew what he was doing.

    he even takes a dive like a Swansea player.

    Even has the nerve to fake grab his side. Get outta here.

    • stakex - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      Yeah. Hes trying to kill time off the clock, and then he does his best possible flop to draw a penelty. He did an awful lot to help Swansea, especially when you consider hes a friggen ball boy.

      Seriously, anyone who thinks this kid even felt the slight nudge is kidding themselves.

  9. geo91 - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Yah search him on twitter he has a beer in his hand and looks 18. Hazard went to kick the ball out from under his stomach too and clipped him. Everyone gets so sensitive and outraged over these things then post like they’re some sort of experienced superior scholar that “is sickened with the human race” bla bla bla “put your money where your mouth is virtual person ill never meet!” bla bla bla…. Oh my god who cares! Lol

  10. pensfan603 - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    I dont know if id consider it a “kick” it was more of a chip shot.

  11. stakex - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Its a slight nudge at the ball….NOT the kids ribs. There should be no suspension from that. In fact this kid is the one who should be banned for trying to interact with the outcome of the game.

  12. personalspaceinvader - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Few things to point out:

    1). The boy’s parents are millionaires and own 22.5% of Swansea City FC. He is 17 and said he was only there because snow delayed the regular ball boy from coming.

    2). It was a goal kick, so what was Hazard doing trying to get the ball anyway?

    3). Everyone says he was trying to kill time, well maybe he was, but was he going to lay on the ball for 10 minutes? And what happened to that thing called “Extra Time” anyway?

  13. falstaffsmind - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    I am not condoning the kick, but that kid needs to be banned for life from the sidelines.

  14. hjworton46 - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    This ‘kid’ is 17 years old, hardly a child. What lads of that age are doing as ball boys is anyone’s guess. Hazard was stupid, of course. The lad is a cock, he deserved a kicking no doubt.

  15. xli2006 - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    He admitted he was intentionally trying to alter the game. He’s a f’n Ball Boy, his job is neutral and should have no bearing on the flow of the game other to act respectfully to both teams.

    The kick was extreme, but I don’t blame Hazard knowing that the kid’s intentions. The kid should be banned from working any Match forever.

    • jerichowhiskey - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Take it up to the assistant referee and get more time added then. Assistant saw the kick, he can see the time wasting as well.

  16. brindlegum - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    First off, he did not really kick the young man in the ribs, so most of this conversation is moot. The writer of this article was tricked, along with many others, by the young man/scumbag/ball boy.

    Second, a kick to the ribs would not have been a big deal if he had really kicked him. It is a great place to kick someone without doing permanent damage or even really hurting him. Worse happens to thousands of kids every day just horsing around with their friends or picking fights at school.

    America is way too sensitive these days. All you sissies who are defending the ball boy are part of the reason the country is going down the tubes. Actions should have consequences. You sometimes cannot act in a just manner without being harsh.

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