downloadChelsea star Eden Hazard has apologised to the ballboy he appeared to kick in their goalless Capital One Cup draw away to Swansea City.

The player was sent off late in the game after an incident involving one of the ball boys who later was invited by Chelsea into the changing room to speak to Hazard.

Eden Hazard, who spoke to Chelsea TV after his red card, Wednesday night, 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.’

Hazard faces a charge of bringing the game into disrepute and a long ban from the FA after his moment of madness 13 minutes from time at the Liberty Stadium.

Ballboy Charlie Morgan, 17 – son of Swansea director Martin Morgan – was led away in tears by police and stewards after Hazard lashed out in frustration when he failed to return the ball promptly for a goal-kick as Chelsea tried in vain to overturn a 2-0 deficit and qualify for the Capital One Cup Final.

Swansea indicated neither Charlie Morgan nor his father intends to press charges against the Belgium international.

And a spokesman for South Wales police confirmed that the ballboy and his dad had been interviewed and no complaint had been made.

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez tried to defend the indefensible by insisting both parties had been at fault.

Benitez said: “The boy has been into our dressing room, they have spoken and apologised to each other. They knew they were both wrong.

“He was wasting time, Hazard wanted to get the ball back quickly and they both made mistakes. We can’t change things now.

“I didn’t see the incident during the game, so I can’t say too much. But it left us playing with 10 players, which was a problem because we needed three goals.

“We will deal with it internally. He (Hazard) was frustrated. The ballboy was wrong and Eden said he was wrong, too.

“Do you not think we are disappointed with the situation? That we don’t regret what has happened? Listen to me, as Chelsea FC, we know it was a mistake.

“But we talked with the boy, we talked with the player. The boy was with us in the dressing room, everyone was very clear.”

Benitez revealed Hazard, 22, would be disciplined by the club, but the FA – who banned Eric Cantona for eight months for his kung-fu assault on a fan 18 years ago – may clamp down much harder.

Ballboy Morgan’s Twitter following went through the roof after the incident.

Before the match, he had hinted that his mission was to run down the clock, tweeting: “The king of ballboys is back”, adding the hashtag ‘needed for time wasting’.

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