Bernd Leno Does a Eden Hazard, Pushes Ball Boy but Avoids Red Card During Bournemouth vs Fulham

Bernd Leno Does a Eden Hazard, Pushes Ball Boy but Avoids Red Card During Bournemouth vs Fulham

Martin Moses
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Bernd Leno avoided a seconding off after he pushed away a ball boy on Boxing Day
  • The Fulham goalkeeper was, however, spotted apologising to the young child afterwards
  • The moment revoked Eden Hazard's incident when he kicked a ball boy in 2013

Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno was lucky to avoid punishment after he pushed away a ball boy during their game against Bournemouth on December 26 at the Vitality Stadium.

Leno continued his run of starting in every Premier League game for Marco Silva this season when they visited the Cherries looking to end a run of two successive league defeats in the league.

Bernd Leno, Fulham, Eden Hazard, Bournemouth
Bernd Leno concedes the third goal during Fulham's game against Bournemouth on December 26. Photo by Glyn Kirk.
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They were up against a Bournemouth side that hasn't tasted defeat in their last six games since their 6-1 walloping at the hands of the defending champions Manchester City back at the start of November.

Their good form continued with Justin Kluivert converting from close range just a minute before halftime. Joao Palinha fouled Antoine Semenyo inside the area to give Dominic Solanke the chance to score his 13th goal of the campaign.

Leno pushes ball boy

There was then controversy after Leno shoved away a ball boy, much to the anger of the home fans. The German goalkeeper felt that the ballboy was dragging his feet in giving him the ball.

Centre referee Tim Robinson failed to book the former Arsenal goalkeeper, with the Video Assistant Referee not intervening either. A booking for Leno would have meant a sending-off as he was already on a yellow card.

He, however, made peace with the young kid who was moved away from that position as the game progressed. Luis Sinisterra came off the bench to round off the scoring for Andoni Iraola's side.

Eden Hazard and the ball boy

Chelsea legend Eden Hazard was red-carded after he kicked a ball boy during the Blues League Cup semifinal against Swansea City. The Belgian apologised for the incident.

"The boy put his whole body onto the ball and I was just trying to kick the ball. I think I kicked the ball and not the boy. I apologise," as quoted by the Mirror.

Mourinho sends ball boy to Rui Patricio

Sports Brief previously reported that Jose Mourinho pulled off one of his old gimmicks during AS Roma’s 1-1 draw against Fiorentina, and fans have been left asking what the content of his note was.

Mourinho’s team had the opportunity to solidify their stand in fourth place on the table but could only secure a hard-fought draw in a game they ended with nine players.

After Lukaku was sent off, the Special One wrote a note and gave it to a ball boy who delivered it to goalkeeper, Rui Patricio, with the exchange picked up by DAZN cameras.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)