Just Another PR Hazard For Chelsea

As far as football goes, the game against Swansea was a non-entity. Not for Swansea obviously but then they’re going to Wembley, although you’d be forgiven for missing that point amongst the headlines that followed the game.

Of course I’m talking about ballboy-gate. What else would I (or anyone else remotely interested in football) be talking about after Eden Hazard brutally attacked an innocent child on the field, inflicting public GBH on a blameless infant…..ok, that’s a little exaggerated but then, as usual, just about every detail of what happened was subject to a massive overly-dramatic reaction aimed at another big, bad Chelsea player.  I actually read someone compare it to Cantona’s brand of kung-fu!

I mean seriously, if Hazard made contact with the lad – which, let’s remember we don’t actually know – then fine, he’ll have to take the 3 game ban and learn to tolerate children better in the future.  If, as I suspect though, the videos show he only made contact with the ball, then I see no reason he should serve a ban at all.

At the time, I thought it was an absolute joke Hazard had been given a red in the first place to be quite honest. Irrespective of how it’s been portrayed since, the incident wasn’t violent, in fact, the initial reaction from most was probably to have a right giggle at what we were seeing. A professional footballer having to virtually wrestle with a ‘kid’ to get the ball off him and get on with a game, the idea is mad.

This wasn’t just any football player though, this was another one of them Chelsea players, so surely it can’t just be taken for what it was – a player overreacting to a ball boy acting the idiot – no, it must surely require another police investigation and weeks worth of debate as a minimum….and so it plays out because despite the ‘boy’ and his father taking the very wise decision not to pursue the matter, we’ve apparently had the obligatory complaints to the police by members of the public. Football’s truly gone mad.

The crowd’s getting in these days seem to be even more officious than football’s governing body! And what’s worse than these offended individuals who seem to be letting their neighbourhood watch duties stray into far too many aspects of their lives, is their apparent inability to get a bit of perspective. 

Firstly, this was no ball ‘boy’, in fact, knowing most 17 year olds he’s probably regarded himself as having been out of his childhood for a fair while now. Why on earth would any 17 year old still be a ballboy? Some people will do anything to get their 15 seconds of fame though won’t they? And maybe his tweets before the game – bragging about his plan to time waste – followed by the stunt he pulled that resulted in Eden Hazard’s red card, give an indication of just how far this particular 17 year old was prepared to go to get his.  Because the anti-Chelsea brigade can try the ‘he fell onto the ball because Hazard pushed him’ as much as they like, his tweets – and the fact he’d all but shoved the ball up his jumper and run down the tunnel – gave his game away – and no amount of platoon-style injury scenes was going to convince us otherwise.

And yet, predictably it’s Hazard held up as the bad guy here and with the exception of people like Michael Owen, who says “I’m not saying Hazard isn’t in the wrong but I hate to see a person who instigates a situation then cry foul for next to nothing. How people can claim Hazard assaulted a kid is embarrassing. He shouldn’t of kicked the ball out of his grasp but he hardly booted the lad as some people were suggesting. The lads antics were scandalous and no wonder he isn’t taking any further action”, there’s far too many people who just can’t see the wood for the trees when it’s Chelsea involved.

Of course Hazard made a mistake using his foot but we were going out of the cup, he was frustrated and he wanted to get on with the game – he needed the ball to do that. Bottom line here is – if the ball ‘boy’ hadn’t stopped Hazard from doing that – someone might actually have noticed Swansea got into their first cup final.

3 Responses to “Just Another PR Hazard For Chelsea”

  1. Is it true that the father of the ball boy is the largest shareholder in Swansea’s football team?

  2. Not a good day for Chelsea. Thought the rolling around was quite funny though. He was almost as good at Hazard, Mata, Oscar and co are at diving. You forget to mention that though.

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