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EPL 2016/17: Eden Hazard's father blasts Chelsea fans for accusing his son of being a "Rat"

Eden Hazard struggled with form and fitness last season.

News 17 Nov 2016, 00:20 IST
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Hazard was a shadow of his usual self last season

Chelsea FC forward, Eden Hazard’s father, Thierry Hazard has come out to say that the club’s fans had badly mistreated his son for his slump in form last season. Chelsea fans labelled Hazard a “rat” last year.

The 2014/15 Player of the Season and Premier League champion was ridiculed by many Chelsea fans along with Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, accusing the players of deliberate underperformance. The Blues fans revealed a banner with the names of the three Chelsea players calling them “rats.”

Chelsea failed to defend their title last season after a string of embarrassing defeats in the Premier League which led to Jose Mourinho's sacking and the club finishing 10th in the league last season. Thierry expressed his displeasure with the behaviour of the fans and stated that they went a bit too far with their assumptions.

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“Fans went a bit too far”

“As a father, what really annoyed me was when I saw the banner with the three rats in the dressing room, and that Eden was one of them. The fans went a bit too far,” Thierry Hazard told DH.

He also went on to say that his son would never do anything to bring down a manager like former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho or current manager Antonio Conte. 

“It isn’t Eden who is going to sabotage Mourinho, Conte or anyone else. Eden wants to play. As a father, that hurt,” he added.

Many Chelsea FC fans had accused the players of being the reason behind Chelsea and Mourinho’s downfall last season. Eden Hazard struggled the entire Premier League season last year after a hip injury that he had suffered in a game against Leicester City when he was kicked by Jamie Vardy. 

Dip in form due to injury

Earlier, this year in an interview with a Belgian news publication Le Soir, Thierry Hazard revealed that Eden’s lack of form last season was due to inflammation in his hip and that his son had been carrying it all season.

“Eden’s lack of form is due to an injury, an inflammation in the hip, that he’s been carrying now for three or four months,” he said in an interview with the Belgian newspaper. 

Eden Hazard is now back to his best after the arrival of Italian manager Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge. The Belgian international has been in terrific form for the Blues this season having already scored seven goals in 11 appearances for the club in the Premier League. 

Hazard is currently on international duty with Belgium and will be back this week to face Middlesbrough on Sunday. Chelsea are currently in second position in the Premier League table one point behind table-toppers Liverpool FC.

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