Swansea City are adamant that their ball-boys were not under instructions to time-waste in Wednesday night's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, reports The Guardian. Chelsea striker Eden Hazard was shown late on for kicking out at a ball-boy Charlie Morgan who was slow at releasing the ball back into play.
It later emerged that Morgan, who has worked as a ball-boy at the Liberty Stadium for six years, tweeted before the Chelsea match "#needed #for #timewasting".
Swansea, however, are dismissive of any suggestion that the ballboys were told to time-waste.
"There was no agenda, absolutely not," Leigh Dineen, Swansea's vice-chairman, told the Guardian.
"Stoke, a few years ago, would get the ballboy to wipe the ball down for a long throw and that was something the ballboys were obviously told to do. But certainly we don't line up the ballboys and ask them to waste time. Definitely not."