Pat Nevin criticises "disgraceful behaviour" of ball boy

Eden Hazard celebrates scoring his team's second against Southampton on January 16, 2013
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Pat Nevin comes to the defence of Eden Hazard, who was sent off for appearing to kick a Swansea City ball boy during last night's League Cup exit.

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin has come to the support of playmaker Eden Hazard after he appeared to kick a Swansea City ball boy.

The Belgium international was sent off for appearing to kick the 17-year-old while trying to collect the ball from underneath the teenager, who was laying on top of it, during last night's League Cup semi-final exit.

While many have condemned Hazard's behaviour, Nevin believes that the ball boy should be criticised for not doing his job properly.

"I would have kicked the ball out from underneath the ball boy if he had been lying like that, 100%t," Nevin told BBC Radio Five Live. "I was very, very disappointed by the way the ball boy acted, and I say 'acted'.

"He must have been watching footballers, the way he rolled around and pretended to be more injured. He only has one job and his job is to go and give the ball back, and what did he do? He keeps the ball.

"I have to say I was absolutely amazed this morning to find he is 17, not 12, not 13. He should know what his action should be in that situation. His behaviour was disgraceful."

Hazard apologised to the youngster after the goalless draw.

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