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HindustanTimes Fri,01 Aug 2014

Football

Hazard red card mars Swansea win
Agencies
London, January 24, 2013
First Published: 23:20 IST(24/1/2013)
Last Updated: 23:22 IST(24/1/2013)

Swansea's progress to the final of the League Cup was overshadowed by a bizarre sending-off of Chelsea star Eden Hazard on Wednesday following an off-the-pitch incident involving a ball boy.

Hazard was shown a red card for kicking the ball boy in the ribs while attempting to retrieve the ball in the 79th minute, with Chelsea needing two goals to force extra time in the second leg of the semifinal.

The match finished 0-0, with Swansea winning 2-0 on aggregate and advancing to its first major cup final. The team will play fourth-tier Bradford City in an unlikely lineup for the showpiece at Wembley Stadium.

Meanwhile, Hazard has apologised for his behaviour. "The boy put his whole body onto the ball and I was just trying to kick the ball and I think I kicked the ball and not the boy. I apologise."


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