Joey Barton: Ball boy has questions to answer

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".

Joey Barton urges people not to be "carried away" by sensationalism
Joey Barton urges people not to be "carried away" by sensationalism Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

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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The Football Association has charged Chelsea`s Eden Hazard with violent conduct following an incident with a Swansea ball boy. It said in a statement that a "standard punishment that would otherwise apply was clearly insufficient".