Eden Hazard kicking the Swansea ball boy is one of the most bizarre tales, but that wasn’t the only case of pitchside youngsters getting too involved.
Here are more times the ball boys got a little more involved than they should have.
When one of Yeovil’s ballboys started time-wasting towards the end of the Glovers’ 3-1 win over Bromley, the referee amusingly decided to send him off.
Then, for reasons we can’t quite explain, he decided to send the rest of them off, too.
On 90 minutes, Yeovil tweeted again: ‘The referee runs to get a ball for Adam Smith (because he’s sent the ball boys off…).’
85 | Update: he's dismissed all of them…
— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) September 28, 2019
With Hull’s coaching staff keeping the ball between them to waste time, one Wolves ball boy took matters into his own hands, much to the delight of the home support.
— Sunil Patel (@SunilPatel29) April 4, 2018
This ball boy at Bournemouth’s Dean Court wasn’t happy when Vertonghen tried to get the ball off him, throwing it at the defender and bouncing it away. But he got a good telling off for it.
Bournemouth ballboy gets told off 😂 pic.twitter.com/uhqzimk1kP
— James John (@JamesJohn2427) March 11, 2018
The most famous of ball boy clashes. Tom Victor got really into it.
The best wink since Cristiano Ronaldo got Wayne Rooney sent off at the 2006 World Cup.
Watford's Isaac Success (crazy name, crazy guy) got a bit impatient with this Tottenham ball boy last night – and got a yellow card for his troublepic.twitter.com/Z1KyQ4IM0p
— 32Red (@32Red) January 31, 2019
The cheek of this in a Manchester derby…
How did I miss this during the derby, Walker is hilarious hahaha pic.twitter.com/dWll1gYtCz
— Emmett (@TheEmmett_) January 3, 2018
At least everyone seemed to see the funny side of this one in 2010. This ball boy was a bit too eager to retrieve the ball, doing so before it had even gone out of play.
Muntari scored AC Milan’s winning goal in this match at Chievo Verona, but one of the home ball boys still didn’t want his shirt.
The fake throw. The shove. Classic.
Why always Spurs? This just takes the title ‘ball boy’ a bit too literally.
Consider yourself duped.
Does anyone know who the Everton Ball boy is? pic.twitter.com/IbVVPc3a9N
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) October 25, 2017
Wholly unnecessary, but downright bloody brilliant.
— Photos of Football (@photosofootball) April 11, 2015
There’s something a bit bizarre going on in this youngster’s mind.
Ball boy with the imperfect dab and lucky water bottle flip summed up 2016.. pic.twitter.com/YpA4g0heVC
— Nitwik Football (@NitwikFootball) October 5, 2016
Hart lived up to the stereotype of the Brit abroad at the 2014 World Cup, swearing at the locals.
He has a point though | Joe Hart: "Give me the f*cking ball"
— Dobo Bobo (@Dobo_Bobo) September 7, 2016
The looming possibility of Shakhtar Donetsk getting knocked out of the Champions League on away goals by Roma obviously got to Ferreyra, who took it all out on this poor ball boy.
So, in a bizarre few days in the football world, where does Facundo Ferreyra pushing a ball boy over the advertising boards rank? I’m gonna put it just above West Ham pitch invasion but a place below Greek team owner running onto the pitch with a gun pic.twitter.com/QZzafB2S90
— Tom Carnduff (@TomC_22) March 13, 2018
It’s a very harsh red card, but the ball boy has absolutely rinsed the former Sheffield United goalkeeper, here.