Eden Hazard has reunited with the ball boy he kicked during Chelsea’s match against Swansea City 11 years ago.
Back in 2013, the Stamford Bridge club traveled to Wales to take on Swansea in the League Cup semi-final at the Liberty Stadium.
The home side were leading 2-0 from the first leg when ball boy Charlie Morgan, 17, tried to hold on to the ball in the 80th minute and lay on it.
In a desperate attempt to retrieve the ball, Hazard kicked the youngster, who then rolled around holding his ribs.
The Belgian was subsequently sent off and was also given a three-match ban.
At the time, Hazard apologized by saying: “The ballboy came in the changing room and we had a quick chat. I apologized and the boy apologized as well, and it was over. Sorry.”
Now, 11 years after the incident, the pair have reunited.
Writing on social media, former Chelsea man Hazard said: “A nice thing about retirement is catching up with old friends. You have come a long in way in 11 years my friend.”
Since that incident, Morgan has become a very successful entrepreneur. His vodka brand, AU Vodka, is now stocked in the likes of Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Tesco, Costco, Sainsbury’s and Asda.
— Eden Hazard (@hazardeden10) January 24, 2024
Back in 2022, Morgan toldWales Online: “The coming year, our focus is really on smashing into the American market. We have recently launched our E-commerce platform covering 31 states across the US so customers are already able to get our products delivered straight to their door.
“Having had over 28,000 sign-ups to the USA website prior to launch we’re expecting that there will be a huge interest in Au Vodka within the states.”
He added: “The vision is for Au Vodka to become a truly global brand, known in an instant for its unique gold branding and coloured liquids, we see the bottles being stocked on shelves internationally and becoming accessible for customers in every corner of the world. We also want to ensure we continue to dominate the UK Vodka market, keeping a tight grip on where we started to ensure the brand is true to its roots, there’s always room for more growth everywhere.”