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Belgian FA chief Martens says Chelsea's Hazard showed lack of respect

Steven Martens, the chief executive of the Belgian FA (KBVB), suggests Eden Hazard lacked respect when he tussled with a ballboy on Wednesday night.

The Chelsea winger made contact with a 17-year old ballboy late in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at the Liberty Stadium when he was trying to retrieve the ball and in turn received a red card for his troubles.

Martens admits the incident did not look good for Hazard and feels the player should have controlled himself a lot better.

"It's unfortunate and of course it's not something we are proud of. No football authority or person interested in football likes to see acts of violence or lack of respect and this is what happened," said Martens.

"It might have happened in the heat of the fire but professionals are expected to be able to control themselves.

"They have to be able to control their emotions and when they don't that's unpleasant in general.

"Of course as we are the Belgium FA we don't like it to be a Belgium national squad player but I am very much convinced that Eden himself will realise that.

"Eden is more than intelligent enough to understand that this is going to be a lesson learned for him.

"All of us make mistakes in life."

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