Chelsea star ejected for kicking at ball boy

January 23, 2013 - 6:32 PM
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Chelsea's Eden Hazard, right, receives a red card from referee Chris Foy for violent conduct, during their English League Cup second leg semi-final soccer match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Wales, Wednesday Jan. 23, 2013. A ball boy was attended to by officials following an incident with Eden Hazard. (AP Photo/PA, Nick Potts) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea star Eden Hazard was ejected for kicking at a ball boy who didn't give him the ball quickly enough as the Blues were eliminated from the English League Cup with a 0-0 tie at Swansea in the semifinals on Monday night.

As the ball bounced off an advertising board behind the goal line at Swansea's Liberty Stadium late in the match, a ball boy in a Swansea sweatsuit slowly walked over to pick it up.

Hazard ran up to reclaim the ball for goal kick, and the ball boy fell over, stomach toward the ground and the ball under him. The Belgian winger leaned over the boy, tried to pull it free with both hands and then kicked at the ball.

Hazard was given a red card by referee Chris Foy in the 80th minute. Swansea won the total-goal series on 2-0 aggregate and will play fourth-tier Bradford in the final at Wembley on Feb. 24.