January 23rd, 2013, under the floodlights in Swansea, a Capital One Cup semi-final clash between Chelsea and Swansea was played but an incident involving 17-year-old ballboy Charlie Morgan would become the talk of world football.
A cold Wednesday night in South Wales, Swansea were leading 2-0 on aggregate after a park the bus win at Stamford Bridge two weeks earlier, where goals from Michu and Danny Graham gave Swansea a deserved win, and things were going to plan in the second leg. Headlines of Swansea reaching a first major cup final in their 100 year history were rightly being drafted. But this would change in the 80th minute when the ball would go out for goal kick.
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard was eager for a quick restart but instead of retrieving the ball, he kicked 17-year-old Morgan who to rolled around in pain, holding his ribs as the crowd voiced their displeasure. Moments later Chris Foy gave Hazard a straight red card. The incident went viral and broadcasted across all of social media. The Belgian man was handed a three match ban. Hazard, sent out apologies to the teenager ball-boy in an interview with Chelsea TV.
“The boy put his whole body on to the ball and I was just trying to kick the ball.”
“I think I kicked the ball and not the boy. I apologise. The ballboy came in the changing room and we had a quick chat. I apologised and the boy apologised as well, and it is over. Sorry.”Hazard
Charlie broke his silence on Twitter.
His following on Twitter increased by approximately 15,000% to over 100,000 and, to this day, the former Swansea City ballboy remains verified on the platform.
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