Swans ball boy Charlie Morgan breaks silence over Eden Hazard incident
SWANS ball boy Charlie Morgan has broken his silence over the Eden Hazard incident.
He tweeted: "Crazy 24 hours. Spoke to Hazard and I will not be pressing charges. Be in touch."
Charlie, son of major Swans shareholder Martin Morgan, became wrapped up in the international media spotlight after volunteering for ball retrieval duties on Wednesday evening.
However at one stage, towards the end of the game, it appears that Chelsea winger Eden Hazard was unhappy with the speed of his performance and appeared to kick him.
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The action resulted in a red card for the player and notoriety for young Morgan — his Twitter account, which stood at around 500 before kick off, now has more than 101,000 followers.
A Swans statement on the incident said: "South Wales Police interviewed the 17-year-old ball boy with his father after the game and neither wished to press any charges.
"Chelsea invited the ball boy into the dressing room after the game to shake hands with Hazard and both parties apologised.
"The ball boy was very impressed with the welcome he received from the Chelsea players and as far as both clubs and individuals are concerned the matter is closed."
Last night the police released a second statement which said: "Three calls have been received from members of the public living in Sussex, Kent and West Wales which are being followed up."
Hazard added: "The boy put his whole body onto the ball and I was just trying to kick the ball. I apologise.
"The ball boy came in the changing room and we had a quick chat and I apologised and the boy apologised as well, and it is over. Sorry."
But while the two antagonists seem to have put the matter behind them the media were not so quick to forget.
Police were called to the Morgan family's home, in Tycroes near Ammanford, yesterday morning as a media scrum set up camp outside.
A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: "Officers were called to an address in Tycroes at 8.22am this morning by residents concerned at being unable to leave their house because of members of the press who had trespassed on their private driveway.
"Officers attended and pointed out to the press present that they were trespassing and the members of the press subsequently moved off the private land concerned."
The incident caused immediate widespread chatter in on social networks.
Among the Evening Post readers to comment was Brochadav, who said: "It's all a huge over-reaction and I wish Hazard hadn't been sent off. Then Chelsea couldn't make any excuses for losing."