Swansea City ballboy Charlie Morgan became a sympathetic figure after he was kicked in the ribs by Chelsea’s Eden Hazard during a Capital Once Cup semifinal match on Wednesday, but a pre-match tweet suggests Morgan’s actions were deliberate.
Swansea and Chelsea were scoreless with about 10 minutes left when a ball went out of bounds. The clock continued to run as Hazard attempted to put the ball back in play. Chelsea lost the first leg to Swansea, so they needed at least two goals in the next 10 minutes in order to advance and couldn’t afford to waste any time.
Morgan, who has served as a Swansea ballboy for six years, smothered the ball and wouldn’t let Hazard get to it. Hazard attempted to pry it loose but he had no luck. He ended up kicking Morgan to get the ball loose, causing several Swansea players to go after him.
Many people were critical of Hazard for his actions and police reportedly are looking into the matter. Though Hazard went too far by kicking the 17-year-old, this...