22-year-old Belgian forward/midfielder Eden Hazard was signed by the Barclay’s Premier League’s Chelsea last year with great expectations. However, I doubt what has happened over the past few days is what they had in mind.
In Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final match, Hazard was given a red card in the 80th minute for this incident with a ball boy.
In case you can’t fully tell, Hazard tries to get the ball from the boy, 17-year-old Charlie Morgan, but Morgan falls. Hazard then attempts to kick the ball out from under him, kicking Morgan pretty harshly in the process.
Hazard already faces a three-match suspension for being disqualified from the game, but according to a BBC News report, the Football Association has charged him with “violent conduct.”
The report goes on to say, “The Belgian midfielder, 22, faces a three-match ban for his dismissal, but the FA alleges the standard punishment was ‘clearly insufficient.’”
No further legal action is reported to be taken against Hazard for the incident.
Hazard has six goals and six assists on the season for a Chelsea club that is third in the Premier League standings, falling short of many people’s expectations. This just adds to their list of disappointments.
The club’s match with Swansea ended in a 0-0 draw, sending Swansea through to the Capital One Cup final on a 2-0 aggregate and kicking Chelsea out of the tournament. Some might call that karma.
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