Eden Hazard told to 'control his emotions' by Belgian FA chief

Chelsea midfielder kicked out at a ball boy in Swansea

Eden Hazard has been told by the boss of Belgium's football association that he must learn to control himself after being sent off for kicking a Swansea ball boy.

The Chelsea star was dismissed by referee Chris Foy after he lost patience during the closing stages of last night's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg match at the Liberty Stadium as ball boy Charlie Morgan refused to hand over the ball after it had gone out for a goal kick.

Morgan fell to the ground as Hazard attempted to get the ball from him, with the Blues forward then trying to kick it from under him but appearing to instead make contact with the youngster.

It is not the first time that Hazard's frustrations have got the better of him - in 2011 he stormed out of the stadium after being substituted during a Euro 2012 qualifier for Belgium and was filmed tucking into a burger from a van outside.

Steven Martens, the chief executive of the Belgian FA (KBVB) told Press Association Sport: "It's unfortunate and of course it's not something we are proud of. No football authority or person interested in football likes to see acts of violence or lack of respect and this is what happened.

"It might have happened in the heat of the fire but professionals are expected to be able to control themselves.

"They have to be able to control their emotions and when they don't that's unpleasant in general.

"Of course as we are the Belgium FA we don't like it to be a Belgium national squad player but I am very much convinced that Eden himself will realise that.

"Eden is more than intelligent enough to understand that this is going to be a lesson learned for him.

"All of us make mistakes in life."

Martens, speaking at a meeting of UEFA's 53 member associations in Nyon, said Hazard's frustration was perhaps a reflection of the intense pressure on his shoulders.

He added: "It is easy to judge from outside but you also have to see it from the player's side too.

"I have been a professional sports coach for many years and the demands on athletes and players are there day-in, day-out.

"Yes we think these guys are well-paid and have a luxury life but on the other hand there is an expectation on them all the time.

"It's not an excuse but it is something that could help us try to understand."

Martens said the incident with the 17-year-old ball boy was far more serious than Hazard's burger-eating escapade.

He said: "That was nothing in comparison. He was disappointed to be taken off the pitch and then walked out of the stadium out of frustration but came back in again afterwards.

"Being in the spotlight demands a lot from you. Everything you do, you must be aware that you are being judged 100 times as much."

PA

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