Man kicks boy. There’s your headline, there’s your story. Only life is never quite that simple.

It’s shocking for man to kick boy. This no one disputes. Man kicking boy bad. Anyone kicking anyone bad. Violence bad. Violence on field bad. Violence against people on sidelines worse (just ask Eric Cantona). Violence against children inexcusable.

But… and this is a big but. Boy no angel either. Boy boasts earlier in day that he will waste time. Boy lives up to promise. Boy withholds ball from man with boy’s team in lead and time running out. Boy’s team wins.

Boy’s full tweet is: The king of all ball boys is back making his final appearance #needed #for #timewasting. Boy succeeds in wasting time. Does even better. Gets player sent off.

Twitter divided. People divided. This reporter divided. No kid deserves kicking, but does this one deserve a metaphorical one? Readers respond.


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    • fml says:

      11:45am | 24/01/13

      You can even see one of the chelsea scum clapping!

      Ban him for life! How long a ban did eric wanktona get for kicking that poor crystal palace fan? This should be double!

    • Q says:

      12:14pm | 24/01/13

      Well….he was a Crystal Palace fan….

    • fml says:

      12:26pm | 24/01/13

      Still more respectable than utd fans… and more liked!

    • Q says:

      12:38pm | 24/01/13

      @fml….you got that right….

    • Dissident says:

      12:51pm | 24/01/13

      Hazard has to be given a ban of about 6 weeks - twice the ban that you would ordinarily get for violent conduct against a player. Violent conduct against a player is reasonably forseeable - they go into those tackles hard and are engaged in a physical tustle, so it is inevitably going to happen that it gets a bit willing every now and again.

      On the other hand, kicking a punk kid (and yeah, he is a punk kid) for not instantly returning the ball is completely unjustifiable.

      If you argue that it is ok to kick a ball-boy for delaying tactics, then is it ok to kick a player for doing it? Like when a goalkeeper’s team is leading 1-0 in injury time, he gets a goal kick and he has to re-adjust the ball, pull up his socks, etc.

      When you play away, you have to accept that there will be subtle ways (and not so subtle ways) that the whole stadium is against you. The fact that he was taking a long time to return the ball to Chelsea is just the way the game is played. Next thing you know Hazard will say that he kicked the ballboy because the crowd were singing naughty songs.

      Ball-boys wasting time. Crowds singing nasty songs. Fergie time equivalent (don’t kid yourself, it doesn’t only happen at Old Trafford). Away teams have to deal.

      Ping him hard.

    • Punters Pal says:

      02:44pm | 24/01/13

      Any comments which include pathetic phrases like wanktona or Manure are written by a six year old, or an adult with a mind of a six year old. Is this the best you can come up? Truly pathetic.

    • JB says:

      04:16pm | 24/01/13

      @Dissident, 6 weeks is too harsh. I could quiet easily argue in court that by the boy deliberately not given up the ball in a timely manner he provoked Hazzard.
      No what he did was not acceptable but the boy has hopefully learnt a lesson that when passion is high and the players are under considerable pressure to win do your job and don’t deliberately provoke him which he did.  The kid was also hamming up the kick like an Italian soccer player!

    • Jason says:

      04:36pm | 24/01/13

      Deserves a ban, but the kick was hardly unprovoked and there didn’t seem to be much force in it.  Kid was obviously bunging it on and given his earlier tweet, no surprises there.

    • Dissident says:

      04:48pm | 24/01/13

      @JB - You can argue anything you like in a court, the problem is getting the judge to agree. It is exceedingly difficult to prove somebody else’s intent beyond a reasonable doubt. Ever tried doing that? Tough gig, that one.

      In one regard you are bang on the money though. The ball boy hammed it up well and good and his twitter account clearly shows that he is a knob. It is also apparent that he was going to take any opportunity available to help his team. Hazard shouldn’t have given him that opportunity.

      The issue is that Hazard’s idiocy is so unparalleled (Cantona’s was blind rage and he got less than he deserved, thug) that he has to be punished hard.

      The fact is that the ball boy would never have fallen on the ball and lolled about on it like a beached whale in the first place if Hazard hadn’t jostled him. The fact that Hazard jostled him gave him the ‘plausible deniability’ option and without that Hazard jostling he would have had no option but to return the ball. If he fell over, he would have been embarrased, quickly got up, got the ball and rolled it back. Since Hazard wrestled him he had the perfect excuse to go to ground, flimsy though it is (let’s face it, Hazard ain’t the biggest guy in the world. He looks like he is still waiting for the other one to drop…) Divers don’t dive when there is nobody within 10 metres of them - this little puke is no different.

      I contend that the worst thing that would have happened if Hazard had stayed on the pitch instead of rushing a punk kid, is that the ball boy would have meandered over to the ball and rolled it back to the keeper. 10 seconds at the most. Meanwhile the referee would be adding more time to his injury time calculation.

      Also, they never rescind red cards for players who react to provocation from opposition players - Zidane will testify to that - so there is buckley’s chance that provocation from a ball boy is going to be any different.

      Nope, six weeks at least for my mind - at least that’s what I think the FA would give him. If I had the choice I would give him 10 weeks, 1 for the red card and 9 for being an absolute moron. Now the only question is whether

    • St. Michael says:

      11:46am | 24/01/13

      Hunch generates page clicks.  Ltd News smiles.

    • fml says:

      11:46am | 24/01/13


      didn’t wait long to put the “metaphorical” boot into football fans aye?

      Ban you for life! Ban! Ban! Ban!

    • Stavros says:

      11:52am | 24/01/13

      The beautiful game? Try the boring game. Also, grown men rolling on the ground faking an injury is pathetic. Man up and play/watch NFL/AFL/RL/RU etc etc.

    • fml says:

      12:01pm | 24/01/13

      Is this supposed to be sarcasm? I wonder why you say to man up, then list a bunch of sports played by sooks and pansies?

    • Wayne Kerr says:

      12:05pm | 24/01/13

      funny, all I heard from your comment was blah blah blah blah blah.

    • Steve says:

      12:12pm | 24/01/13

      yea too bloody right aye mate. Socca is for pansies. You never see bones popping out of legs, twisted knees, dislocated elbows or shoulders, concussions from headbutting each other.

      Oh, wait you do?

      If you’re an 80kg male (average weight) playing soccer you can still get seriously injured. It does not make you ‘less of a man’.

      If you’re an 80kg male playing RU, RL - it does not make you ‘more of a man’, rather ‘more of an idiot’.

      “I’m tough because I can my head knocked back by a guy 30kgs more than me.” Real smart Einstein.

    • soccer is happy says:

      12:34pm | 24/01/13

      Stavros is right

      If you play soccer, you are not a man. All you have to do is to touch a soccer player with a pinkie, and he will collapse to the ground holding another part of his anatomy. While balling his eyes out like a girl in a twillight movie.

      Until they ban diving/acting/faking/crying in Soccer will never be a man’s game.

    • Mont says:

      12:57pm | 24/01/13

      @soccer is happy, too bad for you then that it is the most popular man’s sport on the planet

    • Jason says:

      01:03pm | 24/01/13

      Soccer is for wimps. The truth hurts doesn’t it.

    • soccer is happy says:

      01:25pm | 24/01/13


      Now you know why the PIGS government debt happened

      Greece plays soccer ...
      Italy plays soccer
      Spain plays soccer
      Portugal plays soccer

      They are all not man

    • DG says:

      02:48pm | 24/01/13

      Soccer - the game little boys play when mummy won’t let them play rugby.

    • Mike says:

      04:07pm | 24/01/13

      Well Stavros, in the 70s (probably before you were born), there were ‘hard men’ of soccer - VERY tough, nasty men with equally tough nicknames like Chopper, Basher etc. - Joe Jordan, Nobby Stiles, Ron Harris etc. 

      Old school men of courage, respect and honour, when the ships were made of wood and men were made of steel.

      If these men fell over, you’d get laughed at for being a cissy (then sacked).  If you got tackled by them, you got up and gave them a smirk with a “Come on then…that all you got pal ?” because you had to be hard.  If you weren’t, you didn’t play.

      Today’s soccer players (especially the Continental ones) fall over like a house of cards in search of the easy penalty.  That’s why I don’t watch the World Cup anymore, because it’s so full of divers and straw men.

      I don’t particularly care for Chelsea, but kicking a boy (not a man) because he’s holding a ball and allegedly time wasting is disgusting.  There wouldn’t be any time lost because FA rules state that the ball is out of play, therefore, the referee’s watch is stopped.

      The way you handle it is to stand there and say “Give us the ball back son, stop messing” and wait.  When he doesn’t, the crowd will see it, they start booing HIM, you are the better man for standing there and not wrestling it off him like a bully or a coward.

      Badly handled by him - what kind of an example is that to the kids out there ?  If someone doesn’t give you the ball back, you kick him…yeah, real nice and real sportsmanship.

    • Cory says:

      04:08pm | 24/01/13

      I love the inferiority complex local sports have about the world.

      First game this season, a friendly match I might add, I got 6 stitches just above my eyebrow from a knee to the face. Yeah, real pansy sport. What scars do you have from sitting on your couch drinking beer and watching your thugby?

    • Mike says:

      04:11pm | 24/01/13

      Everything else - the game little boys play when mummy won’t let them play Boxing, MMA, kickboxing or a REAL contact sport.  Trumps the lot of you.

    • S.L says:

      11:52am | 24/01/13

      Yep inexcusable to kick anyone even if the “victim” is some pelican who bragged he would attempt to timewaste to the disadvantage of the offenders team.
      The ref is right to red card Eden Hazard but if he had a brain he would simply extend the game to cover for the attempts of the ballboy…...........

    • JoniM says:

      12:51pm | 24/01/13

      You can’t really blame Hazard !
      As member of one of the richest clubs in the world full of multi -million dollar imported players, and you are getting “bitch slapped” by a puny Welsh team, .......well you must give him some leniency !
      How embarrassing !

    • Wayne Kerr says:

      11:54am | 24/01/13

      I must admit, when I watched the video I couldn’t understand how in hell did the kid end up lying on the ball.  Can’t even see how he fell over t be honest.  Then rolling around on top of the ball when the player was trying to get to it with his hands.

      The player shouldn’t have kicked him and he was rightly sent off but in the same breath the kick deserved the kick.

    • Wayne Kerr says:

      12:21pm | 24/01/13

      * the kid deserved the kick.

    • soccer is happy says:

      12:37pm | 24/01/13

      I would have kicked him harder, the kid is no soccer player, as all soccer players knows that if you get kicked in the shin, you automatically holds your head

    • T-rev says:

      02:24pm | 24/01/13

      Kid got what was coming to him… and, given the fanatacism from many UK soccer fans, I expect he will get what is coming to him when he steps out in public for the next few weeks.

      Probably end up glassed at a pub or something

    • Bear says:

      12:00pm | 24/01/13

      What the he’ll is the ‘ballboy’ doing lying on it and refusing to give it back anyway? It is his job to get the ball! Obviously a Swansea fan.

    • Bear says:

      12:03pm | 24/01/13

      Hardly can call that a kick too. It’s like all things in soccer, soft.

    • Not Bear says:

      12:29pm | 24/01/13

      So tough Bear you soft being the keyboard warrier moron

    • Bear says:

      01:24pm | 24/01/13

      @not me . I like EPL but they’re still soft.

    • Tim the Toolman says:

      12:03pm | 24/01/13

      Nothing wrong with that at all.  The little brat got a kick that would have done little but shock and possibly wind him.  Holy crap people are soft…

    • Rev says:

      12:06pm | 24/01/13

      Meh - all this glosses over the fact that Chelsea we’re absolute shite over two legs, and Swansea deserve to be heading to Wembley.

    • fml says:

      01:03pm | 24/01/13

      Come on, bradford!

    • Rev says:

      02:28pm | 24/01/13

      Agreed, hope Bradford get up.  But if they don’t, Swansea are more than capable of making a good run at the Europa league with a couple of signings in the summer.

    • Bho Ghan-Pryde says:

      12:15pm | 24/01/13

      What gets me when you hear about these incidents (and not just in soccer) is someone earning millions per year kicking or hitting a round ball around a square pitch thinks it is fine to abuse someone who earns a few thousand per year umpiring the game. You would think these players might have just enough brains to realise how lucky they are to be paid such sums for what they do and would keep their mouths shut but apparently not. It just goes to show money can buy you lots of things but not good sense or an appreciation of how lucky you are relative to others.

    • Gordon says:

      12:19pm | 24/01/13

      Shame they weren’t playing that thing they did in the Pashtun tribal ares. You know, with someone’s head in a hessian bag.  Timewaste now, smartarse.

    • Kerryn says:

      12:25pm | 24/01/13

      There’s one in every sport, I know in AFL we have Chris Judd.

      I really hate violence.

    • JTO says:

      12:37pm | 24/01/13

      Chris Judd didn’t even have the excuse that someone was trying to cheat him out of a fair contest. He’s just a thug. I really hate Carlton… I mean violence. That’s what I hate. And Collingwood.

    • Dave says:

      12:32pm | 24/01/13

      The boy is the son of one of the Swansea football directors

    • Tim says:

      12:37pm | 24/01/13

      What the hell was that kid doing?

      He deserved the boot he got.

      Fair dinkum, you aren’t a player, you have one job and it’s not to purposefully waste time.

    • Brian says:

      12:38pm | 24/01/13

      Boy deserves bollocking by ref for timewasting (all 5 seconds of it…). Hazard deserves bollocking by all and sundry, and lengthy stretch on sidelines, for bringing game into disrepute.

    • Mont says:

      12:59pm | 24/01/13

      You pretty much nailed it Brian, although I would add the ball boy did that a couple of times previously during the match, in total wasting a lot more than 5 seconds.

    • facepalm says:

      01:11pm | 24/01/13

      Boy deservesthe fines imposed for an official of the game attmepting to fix a match….. Maybe a fine big enough to take three lifetimes on a ballboys salary to pay off with stop this nonsense.

    • Nestor says:

      01:50pm | 24/01/13

      AFL is Rugby for whimps

    • StuieG says:

      01:51pm | 24/01/13

      I played soccer for 20 years before switching to footy, because of crap like this. Kid/young man, barely got touched and deserved more in my opinion. Should fine the clubs for crap like that.

      Soccer is a great game, but with the diving, acting and whining it’s terrible to watch and makes playing it frustrating. Love football and haven’t looked back.

    • fml says:

      02:15pm | 24/01/13

      Nor has the real football…

    • StuieG says:

      02:44pm | 24/01/13

      Meh, represented my state as a 16 yr old. Captained a couple of years and won the odd GF and most importantly never been carded, yellow or red. just because I think some punk deserved a clip round the ear doesn’t make me a nutter.

    • sami says:

      02:16pm | 24/01/13

      Wow, irrespective of the tweet that boy didn’t deserve a kicking. It’s just a sport. And yes I know it is a passion thing and I definitely understand, I am passionate about things too, and sometimes passion = anger when something doesn’t go your way. But honestly, violence? If you can’t control your reaction over something like that then I would hate to know you in ‘real life’. Provocation is not an excuse. In any situation. Be the bigger person and just walk away. In the grand scheme, it does not matter. It’s a sports field not a battle field.

    • Troy Flynn says:

      03:56pm | 24/01/13

      Sami, it hasn’t been a sport for decades. It’s a business.

    • Tim the Toolman says:

      04:16pm | 24/01/13

      No, he deserved a harder kicking.  If it’s going to act like a ball, start using him like one.

    • mrd1980 says:

      02:48pm | 24/01/13

      There isn’t a “but” when it comes to condemning and punishing a grown man for assaulting a child, Anthony. A civilised society has the right, indeed, the obligation, to hold adults to a higher standard of behaviour and control over their impulses than children. I don’t like to approach many issues in absolute terms, but the protection of children from violence is surely one that can be.

      But I’m certain that if Eden Hazard, a grown man, had a legitimate reason to kick a child for the trivial offence of hanging on to a ball too long, he will be able to explain it to a judge. I sincerely hope he is called upon to do so.

    • Tim the Toolman says:

      04:19pm | 24/01/13

      “There isn’t a “but” when it comes to condemning and punishing a grown man for assaulting a child, Anthony.”

      He was 17, he knew exactly what he was doing, and he was counting on a society like the one you promote to get away with being an absolute tool.  Apparently you can do whatever the hell you want to ruin other peoples lives, but woe betide you should suffer any consequences.

    • mal says:

      04:57pm | 24/01/13

      Its emotional adolescents like you that have created this unaccountable antisocial world full of sociopaths .Children today fear nothing especially the law.Have alook at western world to see where that so called logic has got us.Corruption,theft, lies, violence, greed, selfworship .The lazy steal the benifits of other peoples hard physical labour and see nothing wrong with it.A little bit of fear is a good thing, thats how the government controls you[ thugery] is that ok ?

    • mal says:

      04:57pm | 24/01/13

      Its emotional adolescents like you that have created this unaccountable antisocial world full of sociopaths .Children today fear nothing especially the law.Have alook at western world to see where that so called logic has got us.Corruption,theft, lies, violence, greed, selfworship .The lazy steal the benifits of other peoples hard physical labour and see nothing wrong with it.A little bit of fear is a good thing, thats how the government controls you[ thugery] is that ok ?

    • FrustratedWithSoccer says:

      02:53pm | 24/01/13

      This kid obviously needed a good kick in the head.  To even think that it is acceptable to affect the course of the game when you are not even a player - he should be banned from ever stepping on a soccer field again.  It is the rampant overt cheating in soccer that turns me off.  You would think that a professional sport would have independent professional officials who would be accountable for their behaviour.  But no they had some kid trying to help his team win by refusing to give up the ball.

    • Arv says:

      03:23pm | 24/01/13

      Hazard deserves his suspension
      The kid is 17 and deserves his kicking
      Swansea deserves a fine from the FA for fielding such a twat of ballboy who intentionally went out of his way to waste time.

    • David says:

      03:33pm | 24/01/13

      Your comment: Surely he kicked the ball. The young man was acting the goose. What a beat up.

    • JRM says:

      03:47pm | 24/01/13

      Two wrongs here. And nothing right.  Not sure why the kid was on ground , rolling on top of the ball. Kick was a bit over the top - but it wasn’t that hard a blow as to need to hold ribs like the ball boy had been shot afterwards either.

      Too much time wasting in soccer. You see players all the time give away a free kick etc.then kick the ball away.  Needs to be pinged more.with a sin bn type penalty of 10 minutes for yellow cards

      AFL have it right with 50m penalty for time wasters..

      That kid should be suspoended for a year - to be a ball boy again. And the player should get two weeks suspension for the kick.

    • Ben says:

      03:56pm | 24/01/13

      The kid lay on the ball and prevented Hazard from taking it off him. Hazard tried to kick the ball out from underneath him. Some of you are acting like he just murdered a baby or something. Over-reaction much?!?

    • Seano says:

      04:06pm | 24/01/13

      Not a fan of Chelsea or violence on the pitch but you can see he’s trying to dislodge the ball. Yes it was stupid and yes the player deserves to be punished.

      But that kid was deliberately cheating and should receive a ban from all football grounds to set an example to others who would spoil the game in such a way.

      I don’t go to sports to see my teams win by cheating.

    • Mark says:

      04:08pm | 24/01/13

      Just watched it for the first time, amazed at both how much of a clear kick in the guts Hazard gave the kid, and how blatantly the kid attempted to hold onto the ball to waste time. It’s well known that ballboys, particularly in the Italian, Spanish and South American leagues, do things to waste time when their team is winning, but it is usually never that obvious.

    • Rob says:

      04:17pm | 24/01/13

      Why do we keep using the term “ball boy” here? The tennis has ball boys. They’re boys - you know, kids. The UK press has this guy aged 19, and he looks it. Unlike the tennis, soccer “ball boys” are paid. So we have an adult male, farnarkling around instead of doing the job he’s paid to, and obstructing the conduct of a game. Then he cries to Mummy when he gets a kick that didn’t break anything. Has modern society just completely lost its ability to associate being an obnoxious git with getting a punch in the mouth (or a kick in the ribs)?

    • Kramer says:

      04:45pm | 24/01/13

      Hence the term ‘ball man’ should be used!

    • Addo says:

      04:18pm | 24/01/13

      its a terrible scenario to be in but…..I would of kicked him too, holding the game up in a semi what a little punk, he deserves to be fined and banned from all games, especially talking it up before the game on social media trying to make a name for himself….he deserves no sympathy !!

    • Tolomy says:

      04:30pm | 24/01/13

      Look closely at the video, Hazzard was reaching in trying to get the ball and the kid refused to give it to him deliberately. Interesting how the kid “Fell” on the ball and just stayed there???
      I believe he got what he deserved and can only hope he learns a lesson!

    • Franco says:

      04:40pm | 24/01/13

      Best kick he has put in all season!

    • Ball boy says:

      04:51pm | 24/01/13

      He was trying to kick the ball out from underneath him. It was an accident. 3 week ban.

    • OMG says:

      04:54pm | 24/01/13

      He should have dealt with it like a real man.  In the car park after the game.

    • Rick says:

      05:06pm | 24/01/13

      Who Cares Soccer is a drama queens game anyway

    • Simon Trent says:

      07:41pm | 24/01/13

      You cared enough to comment.

    • Antonio says:

      05:37pm | 24/01/13

      The cheating little turd of a ballboy should be the only one banned. The “kick” in the ribs was more of a tap, his feigning an injury was so obvious, clenching his ribs in agony then sitting up and looking at the ref when he didn’t hear a whistle. He would have a bright future playing in the Italian Seria A with that level of acting.

    • Pman says:

      05:52pm | 24/01/13

      As a passionate Fulham fan I hate our West London neighbours, Chelsea more than any other team in the Premiership and refer to them as “The Scum”, however that said I am fully supportive of what the Chelsea player did here.  This litte douche bag pre-empted that he was going to waste time and what’s more his father is a Director of Swansea FC who this kid obviously supports.  While the kick didn’t look good it was a love tap at best and the little turd milked it as much as he could.  In my opinion the ball boy is at fault and deserves a lot more than what he got.  The kid is an embarassment and a disgrace…Chelsea and their players are still scum though!  C’mon Fulham!

    • sunny says:

      05:59pm | 24/01/13

      Well at least the bloke is showing some urgency! I bet they dawdled through most of the other (endless) stoppages in the match. And how many minutes did they waste passing the ball between the backs and the keeper? Soccer - The Beautiful Game (Occasionally).

    • Rev. T Mountjoy says:

      06:10pm | 24/01/13

      Don’t they need neutral ball boys?
      Maybe ship over some from Eire - they’re all unemployed again, but they’d be queuing up to leather them.

      Presume this ball boyo is Welsh, innit?
      I thought they enjoyed that sort of thing?

    • Auds says:

      06:25pm | 24/01/13

      Hey Ant,I see you still worried - by the way only people that play afl are dope heads just as bad as Armstrong (Demetriou) going to announce that soon, he already has put out the feelers to let people know that there are more dope heads then what people think ha ha ha could have told him that 13years ago when I arrived here a sport that is played by brainless people you have to be as they say when you feel no pain it’s because their is nothing up there.

    • The Dive King says:

      06:43pm | 24/01/13

      To everyone who think playing soccer is for girls. Pay me $200,000 a week and I’ll sweep the floor wearing a dress. Don’t see anyone in your “manly” games earning that. So go a head running into brick walls just to prove your a man. I’ll collect my hugely inflated pay check and have sex with your wives.

    • Geronimo says:

      06:58pm | 24/01/13

      If that example of diatribe is a reflection of behaviour in your salubrious game of “Kick it wiff yer `ead Knorker “, you deserve sympathy not pity.

    • Mark says:

      07:56pm | 24/01/13

      To me it looked like he was trying to kick the ball out from underneath the ballboy as he was laying on it. The ballboy probably rolled to his side to cover the ball from the player. The kid has moved just as he was kicking and striking the kid instead of the ball. If it goes to a police investigation the truth will come out. They would have many many angles of this on film.


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