Williams claims Hazard kicked ball boy
Soccer:Defender Ashley Williams claimed he saw Eden Hazard kick a ball boy that resulted in the Chelsea midfielder’s red card overshadowing Swansea’s progress to the Capital One Cup final tonight.
Hazard was sent off by referee Chris Foy in the second half after he appeared to try and kick the ball from underneath a ball boy who was laid prone on the ground.
Chelsea players reacted angrily when Hazard saw red, believing he had tried to get the ball loose to re-start play as the Blues failed to make any inroads on Swansea’s 2-0 advantage from the first leg.
“Demba Ba told me the ball boy held on to it,” Williams told Sky Sports 1. “I saw him kick him in the rib and you can’t do that to a young boy.”
Williams preferred to focus on tonight’s result which secured Swansea a final date with League Two Bradford at Wembley next month.
“At times tonight it was like a bar fight especially when they were pushing on,” he said.
“The team defended brilliantly. That’s what we worked on. We wanted to bring them back here and score a goal and keep a clean sheet. We didn’t score but we kept a clean sheet.”
Swansea will play in their first major cup final in their centenary year.
“It’s unbelievable tonight,” said midfielder Leon Britton. “To do it over two legs against a team like Chelsea - tonight we made history. The club has come on leaps and bounds over the past 10 years.”