Charlie Morgan: The Ballboy Eden Hazard Kicked

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.

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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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20:00

Chelsea vs Manchester United

Both Teams To Score & Draw

Chelsea have scored twice in each of their last two PL outings and a 60% majority of Chelsea’s PL matches have seen both teams score. These teams will be definitely very balanced and a draw is very likely. Chelsea have settled for 3 draws in their last five Premier League games. Manchester United are also fond of scoring recently netting at least one goal in four of their last five.

19:45

A.C Milan vs Torino

A.C Milan to score in both halves

On a run of four straight SA defeats which saw them score twice but concede a whopping 16 (4.00 per game), Torino are on a downward spiral. Indeed, these 16 goals account for 38.10% of their total conceded this season. It’s unlikely they will be able to hold back this A.C Milan side, especially away from home.

19:45

Châteauroux vs Lens

Lens to Win

Lens sit second and haven’t lost in their last five games. Chateauroux are sitting at 16th and will likely be dominated for most of the game. Chateauroux have also lost two in their last five and have little chance of holding back promotion hopefuls Lens.

19:30

VfL Bochum vs VfB Stuttgart

VfB Stuttgart Over 1.5 Team Goals

Promotion hopefuls Stuttgart are likely to beat relegation Bochum, who are currently in awful form losing three of their last five putting them just above the relegation zone. Stuttgart have also managed to score at least two goals four times in their last six matches.

19:00

NAC Breda vs Jong Ajax

Over 3.5 Goals

There has been at least 3.5 goals in three of the last four games for Jong Ajax. Breda have also managed a similar stat with two of their last four having over 3.5 goals. These teams will be relatively balanced but Ajax will have the upper hand. This is likely to be a high scoring game similar to the last few times these teams have met.

19:15

Hannover 96 II vs Hamburg SV II

Both Teams To Score

Both of these teams are fighting for survival in the German second division with Hannover 96 failing to score just once in their last five games. The last time these two clashed it was a 1-1 draw, but Hannover seem to have the upper hand in this one as they go into this games winning four of their last five.

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