Arsène Wenger believes Eden Hazard and the ballboy at Swansea must share the blame for Wednesday night’s unsavoury scenes at the Liberty Stadium.
The Chelsea forward was shown a straight red card after he tried to kick the ball from under the teenager, who had been attempting to waste time in the Capital One Cup semi-final.
Hazard and the ballboy apologised to each other after the match, and Wenger believes a line should now be drawn under the incident.
“Both of them were wrong,” the Arsenal manager said. “The ballboys are there to get the ball back to the players and into the game as quickly as possible, they are not there to waste time.
You have to educate the ballboys that no matter if it is the home team or the away team, you have to get the ball back quickly
“You have to educate the ballboys that no matter if it is the home team or the away team, you have to get the ball back quickly. Anything else is not acceptable.
“Hazard is not a violent player. He wanted to get the ball back as quickly as possible, which you can understand. In my opinion, he went in a little bit too strongly but I don’t think he wanted to hurt the boy. He just wanted to get the ball back.
“We should not become ridiculous here. He did not want to harm anybody. You finish the story with the red card.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 25 Jan 2013