Chelsea's Eden Hazard kicked a ball boy. That actually happened. It's another bit of eye-twitching hilarity/travesty to add to footballing lore, a moment in which a well-paid, clearly irritated player lost patience with the playground antics of a kid on the sideline.
The build-up to "Ball boy-gate" was banal in the extreme. With the ball out of play and Chelsea needing two goals in 10 minutes to remain in with a shout of a Capital One Cup final, the lad tasked with returning the ball to play held on to it and fell on it, wasting so many seconds. Hazard intervened, stuck a boot in and got himself a red card. A fittingly frustrating end to a difficult evening. Forget that the referee would surely tack on the lost time; Hazard's decision to break that fourth wall between field of play and its peripherals rightly earned him an early shower, an impending censure from the FA and a likely ban.