Rafael Benitez: 'Eden Hazard and ball boy both wrong'

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez on the touchline against Arsenal on January 20, 2013
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Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez says both parties were at fault after Eden Hazard is involved in an altercation with a ball boy in the League Cup semi-final at Swansea City.

Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez has insisted that both Eden Hazard and the Swansea City ball boy he tussled with were at fault over the incident at the Liberty Stadium this evening.

The midfielder was shown the red card after he appeared to kick the youngster for failing to return the ball quickly during the League Cup semi-final.

"They both recognise there was a mistake," Benitez told BBC Sport.

"The boy was apologising for time wasting. Hazard was frustrated and tried to get the ball. He was kicking the ball and getting the ball.

"We can analyse if for half an hour but we know that both are wrong."

The game finished in a 0-0 draw meaning Swansea progress to the final 2-0 on aggregate. They will meet League Two outfit Bradford City at Wembley.

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup during the match against Fulham on December 29, 2012
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