Proffesional player kicks ball boy-opinions?

For those who can't watch the video, here is a gif of the incident:


Chelsea (team in blue) are losing, the game has just 10 minutes left, so they want the ball back in play as soon as possible to score.
The ball boy is a member of the Swansea (team in white) youth team, so he is naturally trying to waste time, so his side can win.
Already in the match a similar thing happened with the ball boys giving it back slowly, one of these incidents was 2 minutes before this one happened, and so all the Chelsea players were annoyed for it happening.
Charlie Morgan (the ball boy) said on twitter he was going to waste time intentionally (Swansea won the first leg, so they needed to defend their lead to progress to the final) with this tweet "The king of all ball boys is back making his final appearance #needed #for #timewasting."
Charlie, is 17 years old. A lot of people think he is just a 'boy', which people assume to be around 10/ish, which is what some of the videos make him out to be, he's not, he's 17, basically an adult. Eden Hazard (the player who kicked him) is only 22, a 5 year age difference-not a lot.
Hazard was sent off, and now has a minimum of a 3 match ban, this charge could go up, including a possible legal charge as well.
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So, what are your opinions on the matter?

My (biased) view, (as i support Chelsea, the team affected by this) is that Charlie is mainly in the wrong. Their job is to get the ball back into play as quickly as possible. I know that every team, when they're at home, has the advantage of the staff around the ground, so they can manipulate the play to return the ball slower than usual, but this was excessive. Why he lied on top of the ball i'll never know.
Hazard was just trying to get the ball back into play faster, and never intended to kick him. There is a camera angle showing that he does in fact kick the ball and not Charlie, but with my computer being weird i can't search for that right now, but we do have a quote from him saying "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."
Also, i think Charlie has been to Hollywood for some acting lessons. Hazard barely kicked him, yet he took ages to get up again, and needed help. Convenient how when he got to hospital they found no injuries... If that's what he's like in a fight..God help him
I also think Hazard is wrong, he's a professional and should therefore know not to do things like this. He is only human, was annoyed, and only intended to get the ball, but the way he did it isn't acceptable. When watching the game live i didn't expect him to be sent off, but it probably is the right thing. I think a 3 game ban is harsh, but it's not going to be overturned, so nothing more should happen.
After the game Charlie went into the Chelsea dressing room, spoke with Hazard, and they apologised to each other.

Hopefully it ends there, but it'd be interesting to see your thoughts, whose fault is it, what should happen, e.t.c

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  • 4

    He got the ball! No foul!

    • Math
    • January 25, 2013, 8:46 am
  • 1

    Definitely what the ball boy did was wrong . But a professional player like Hazard shouldn't have done that . That is plain wrong.

  • 1

    Hazard should get his ban lifted. No one but players and coaching staff should use time wasting tactics. Thats pathetic because Swansea had to have told their ball boys to do this. Hazard did what he had to.
    Saying that, Chelsea still sucks! Mail Rafa! :-P

    • 7SG7
    • January 25, 2013, 2:33 am
  • 1

    Hazard has done nothing wrong. It was his ball and he had to go home.

    In all seriousness though, he should have left it. The time would have been added on. As a footballer he sets examples for aspiring kids, sure the ball boy shouldn't have held the ball, but that's something to be dealt with later.

    • SuDoku
    • January 25, 2013, 6:36 pm
    Quote: "As a footballer he sets examples for aspiring kids" - ....and that's where I think the problem lies. He is 17 years old and has grown up watching these footballers diving, time wasting and cheating in general.
    Monkey see Monkey do - Imitation is the greatest form of flattery.
    - Math January 26, 2013, 2:26 pm
    Yeah... I noticed that when I watched it...
    Did you see the whole twitter thing about what the kid was saying before the game??
    - SuDoku January 29, 2013, 1:42 pm
  • 1

    To me the guy seems like a dicklock, with that said I know little to nothing about foot orb so maybe what he did was justifiable.

    not really justifiable, the official job of the ball boys is to restart the game as quick as possible, like when you watch tennis, the speed they work at is what these guys should be trying to do
    however, it is generally done that the home side can do it as they wish, if they're losing they'll put it in faster, winning and they'll go slower. This guy was just slower than slow, and then decided to fall asleep on the ball, so he took it too far
    - Fail4424 January 26, 2013, 6:30 pm
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