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Ahead of the Football Association's decision to charge midfielder Edin Hazard, Chelsea's Football Club interim manager spoke about how the player reacted in training.
When pressed on the ball boy incident, Rafa Benitez said: "For us we lost a player the other day and we couldn't score. We had ten players with one injured on the pitch."
Benitez refused to be drawn further on what happened, but a club spokesman said: "The club on the evening recognised the seriousness of the incident, the player recognised that he was wrong to react in that way. The appropriate apologies were made. The club made every effort to make those happen.
"Edin recognised it quickly and those apologies were made and they were accepted. He made those apologies privately in the dressing room. He made a public apology and Rafa dealt with it in the press conference."
Rafa Benitez went on to answer questions on how Hazard has been responding in training and whether the incident had affected the player mentally.
South Wales Police have confirmed that they will take no further action into the ball boy incident involving Chelsea's Eden Hazard.
They had previously said that they were 'following up' calls over the incident.
Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has refused to comment on the incident involving Eden Hazard and the Swansea ball boy.
Arsene Wenger has said that ball boys are there to get the ball back as quickly as possible to the players and into the game - no matter which team it is.
The ball boy at the centre of the Eden Hazard rib-kicking controversy has briefly broken his silence. He tweeted;
The footballer Joey Barton has said that Chelsea's Eden Hazard should not have been sent off for apparently kicking a Swansea City ball boy during a League Cup semi final match.
In an article for The Times, the QPR midfielder - who is currently on loan to Marseille - said Hazard should get a "slap on the wrist" for his actions, but he insisted:
"If the “ballperson” had thrown the ball back as he was employed to do, instead of trying to mount it, then Hazard would have had no reason to retrieve it from under him in the frantic, closing minutes of the game".
He also said the ball boy has questions to answer after reportedly tweeting: “The king of all ballboys is back making his final appearance #needed #for #timewasting.”
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Chelsea's Eden Hazard was sent off after he kicked a ball boy who had refused to return the ball near the end of a League Cup semi final.