Gallagher heaps praise on officials

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Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher praised Wednesday night's officials for the way they handled the Eden Hazard incident at Swansea, insisting the Chelsea midfielder has "no defence".

Hazard lost patience in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg match in south Wales as ball boy Charlie Morgan refused to hand over the ball after it had gone out of play for a goal-kick. Morgan fell to the ground as Hazard attempted to get the ball from him, with the Blues forward then trying to kick it from under him but appearing to instead make contact with the youngster.

Referee Chris Foy dismissed the Belgian international and Gallagher said on Thursday: "The referee has taken the correct action, It's against the laws of the game to commit violent conduct on anyone under the jurisdiction of the game. I can't reinforce how switched-on the officials were. It would have been so easy for the assistant referee not to pick that (incident) up - but he did."

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