Chelsea's Hazard sent off for kicking ball boy

A ball boy grimaces after an altercation with Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard at The Liberty stadium in Cardiff, January 23, 2013.

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Welcome to the brutal realities of English football Eden Hazard.
Last summer, when arguably Europe's most talented youngster was bought by Chelsea for $50m, the future looked so bright.
The newly crowned European champions made a blistering start to the English Premier League season, with the Belgian the focal point for Chelsea as they wowed critics and fans alike with some wonderfully inventive football.
Fast forward six months and the 22-year-old Hazard, who earns a reported $270,000 a week, was reduced to kicking a ball boy as Chelsea's season took another turn for the worse.
It had been a frustrating night for Hazard.
For more than an hour he had tried but failed to get his team Chelsea out of a big hole as the London team desperately attempted to turn their season round in a cup match against Welsh side Swansea City.