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Friday , January 25 , 2013
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Hazard escapes police action

London: Eden Hazard has escaped police action after his unsavoury kick at a Swansea ball boy, but the Chelsea midfielder must wait to see what action the Football Association may take against him.

The incident overshadowed the goalless draw in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final at the Liberty Stadium, which saw Swansea progress to the first major final in their history thanks to a 2-0 aggregate win.

It happened just over 10 minutes from time when Hazard lost patience as the ball boy, who is the son of Swansea director Martin Morgan, refused to hand over the ball after it had gone out of play for a goal-kick.

The ball boy fell to the ground as Hazard attempted to get the ball from him, with midfielder then trying to kick it from under him but appearing to instead make contact with the youngster.

Several Chelsea players went to tend to the ball boy, who was left holding his ribs, before referee Chris Foy produced a red card.

The ball boy was taken down the tunnel but is unhurt.

The Belgium international issued an apology through Chelsea TV after the match, claiming he felt he had kicked the ball rather than the ball boy.

He said: “The boy put his whole body onto the ball and I was just trying to kick the ball and I think I kicked the ball and not the boy. I apologise.

“The ball boy 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 21-year-old could yet face a lengthy ban.