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Hazard will not face police charges after kicking a ball boy in Chelsea's Capital One

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Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard will not face criminal charges after kicking a ball boy and being sent off in the Capital One Cup semifinal second leg at Swansea City.

The match finished 0-0, and the Swans advanced to the final against Bradford City on a 2-0 aggregate, but the talking point was the incident involving the Belgium international and the 17-year-old ball boy. The teenager fell on the ball, with Hazard kicking out at him as he attempted to retrieve it, which led to the player being sent off by referee Chris Foy for violent conduct.

Hazard later apologized for the incident, and Swansea has confirmed he will face no action from the police for his behavior.

"The police have interviewed the boy and his father, and there are no charges going to be pressed, as far as they are concerned that is the matter closed,” a Swansea spokesman said. "The ball boy has been into the Chelsea dressing room after the game and shaken hands with Eden Hazard. The likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard were exemplary in their behavior in welcoming him into the dressing room.

"Chelsea asked if he could come in and our kit lady took him in and they shook hands, he is fine. As far as we are concerned the matter is closed. He has been a ball boy here for six years with no incidents here at the stadium."

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez added that the matter would be looked at by the club, and he blamed Hazard's actions on frustration.

"The ball boy has been in the dressing room talking with Hazard and they have apologized to each other. They know they were wrong, that's it," Benitez said. "He was wasting time, Hazard was frustrated, he wanted to get the ball back quickly so they have both made a mistake and we cannot say too much.

"We will deal with this internally. We will analyze and wait to see if there is any action from the FA."
 
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