Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Eden Hazard ball boy breaks silence

Charlie Morgan, second right, was kicked by Chelsea star Eden Hazard after laying on a ball

The ball boy at the centre of the Eden Hazard rib-kicking controversy has briefly broken his silence, tweeting "Crazy 24 hours".

Teenager Charlie Morgan has insisted that he has no intention of pressing charges against Chelsea forward Hazard.

After a full day's enforced silence he tweeted: "Crazy 24 hours. Spoke to Hazard and I will not be pressing charges. Be in touch."

Despite that, South Wales Police have been obliged to continue investigating the incident after receiving three complaints. "Three calls have been received from members of the public living in Sussex, Kent and west Wales which are being followed up," a police spokesman said.

Hazard was assumed to have avoided criminal charges when the matter was dropped after he and the teenager met and made mutual apologies.

Ten seconds of time-wasting on Wednesday evening had already transformed Morgan into an international Twitter sensation. Discovering he is the heir to a multi-million pound fortune equal to the richest premier league star has done nothing to diminish interest.

Furious Chelsea forward Hazard lost his temper as he wasted time: laying over an out-of-play match ball and refusing to return it. When Hazard kicked out to dislodge the ball and apparently connected with the ball boy's ribs instead he was sent off.

The blatant time wasting came when tension was already high during the dying minutes of the Capital One Cup second leg semi-final. Chelsea were already trailing Swansea City 0-2 on aggregate at the packed Liberty Stadium venue in south Wales, and went on to lose.

While the kicking incident eclipsed Swansea City's landmark win it appeared no more than an overzealous ball boy eager to help the home team. That changed when his pre-match tweet appearing to boast of time wasting was revealed: "The king of all ball boys is back making his final appearance #needed #for #timewasting."

It then emerged that Morgan was no mere ball boy but the son of millionaire Swansea City director Martin Morgan. His parents Martin and Luisa own almost a quarter of the Premier League club and their son enjoys a lifestyle most professional footballers would envy.

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