Eden Hazard of Chelsea (R) is sent off by referee Chris Foy after kicking a ball boy during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final Second Leg match between Swansea City and Chelsea at Liberty Stadium on January 23, 2013 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, Wales - A ball boy for Swansea City was left smarting after he encountered a frustrated Chelsea midfielder anxious to get play back underway on Wednesday.
With Chelsea trailing on aggregate in the second leg of the Carling Cup semifinal and needing two goals in the 78th minute, Blues Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard attempted to retrieve an out-of-bounds ball from a reluctant Swansea ball boy.
The ball boy lay on the ball rather than pitching it back into play immediately and Hazard apparently wasn't willing to wait for the youngster to get off the ball. Hazard then attempted to kick the ball from beneath the ball boy, delivering a shot to the boy's ribs, which sent him rolling around on the ground in the kind of over-exaggerated anguish usually played out on the field a few yards in front of him.
In all seriousness though, Hazard's atrocious act deserves to be, and most likely will be, severely punished by the F.A. (Football Association).
He was ejected from the game, which ended in a 0-0 tie and resulting ejection from the tournament for Chelsea on aggregate. But the young Belgian should expect a hefty chunk of his wages to be missing from his next paycheck.