A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
The FA is reviewing footage of the incident that saw Eden Hazard sent off in Chelsea 0-0 draw at Swansea in the Capital One Cup semi-final last night. Hazard appeared to kick out at ball boy Charle Morgan after he did not return the ball to the Belgian went it went out of play.
Reaction to Hazard’s red card has been coming in all day, with PFA Chief Gordon Taylor condemning the player’s actions saying:
“It's unacceptable, it can't happen.
"It's unprofessional, you can't take the law into your own hands.”
But Taylor did also say that the red card Hazard received was sufficient punishment for the incident.
The head of the Belgian FA has said that Hazard needs to control his emotions better, whilst Fulham manager Martin Jol also commented on the story, saying he could understand Hazard’s frustration but that he should have controlled himself. Never shy of inserting himself into a story, Joey Barton weighed in by suggesting Hazard’s only crime was not to kick the ball boy hard enough.
Swansea will not face any action over Morgan’s timewasting, and it is understood that Hazard and Morgan have apologised to each other, with all parties keen to move on.
In the wake of “ballboygate”, on HITC today Lewis Does looks at some of the most infamous player, fans and ball boy incidents that have happened in football.
In terms of actual footballing matters, last night’s result saw Chelsea eliminated from the League Cup, with Swansea going on to face Bradford in the final, and Peter Cech has demanded his side show more consistency in the remainder of the competitions they will compete in.
West Ham have reportedly failed in two attempts to take Ryan Bertrand on loan this month as they look to shore up their defence. Danny Potts, who was severely injured in West Ham’s match with Arsenal, was the last recognised left back available to Sam Allardyce. Rafa Benitez is reportedly keen to keep Bertrand around as a back-up for Ashley Cole.
In other transfer news, Chelsea target Radamel Falcao has insisted he is not thinking about leaving Atletico Madrid. The striker said he was completely focussed on his role in Atletico’s attempts to secure a Champions League place for next season.
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