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Anorak | Joey Barton: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was right to hit Charlie Morgan because he’s rich

Joey Barton: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was right to hit Charlie Morgan because he’s rich

by | 25th, January 2013

JOEY Allo All o’ Barton is writing in the Times about Eden Harard’s kick on Swansea ballboy (he’s 17) Charlie Morgan. Like one Anorak readers, Barton blames bad technique and modern training methods of Hazard’s inability to launch Morgan into the upper tier of the Liberty Stadium. To which we would add, soft boots.

Says Barton:

Before we all get too carried away, we should think about the context of the incident and dish out retribution fair and square.

Kicking a prone teenager in the ribs needs context. Barton may care to add that ballboys must be excited about being involved in the cut and thrust of the match. High time ballboys were seen as part of the game’s fabric and treated with the respect offialdom deserves. Look out for Wayne Rooney telling one to “f*ck off”, Theo Walcott rushing over to high five the ballboy when he scores, and Luis Saurez tripping over a ballboy’s face and appealing for a penalty.

Firstly, the label “ballboy”. Let’s cut through the sensationalism— we’re not talking a 12-year-old, as implied by the Swansea captain’s comment: “I saw Hazard kick him in the ribs. You can’t do that to a kid.” Rubbish. This a young guy aged 17, big enough, it appears, to be living the adult high life if you look at his Twitter feed.

That Twitter feed shows Morgan sitting in a plane seat and

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Posted: 25th, January 2013 | In: Sports Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed: RSS 2.0 | TrackBack | Permalink