Eden Hazard’s former teammate at Lille, Nicolas Plestan has admitted he once slapped the Chelsea star for showing him disrespect.
Plestan said: “Eden Hazard was training with both our senior squad and the Under-21s. He used to criticise us when he dropped down into the junior side.
“One morning he turned up and shook my hand. I told him: ‘Why are you shaking my hand when you slag me off behind my back?’
“He just sucked his teeth by way of reply, so I gave him a slap.
“I am not proud of it, but I don’t regret doing it. It is part of dressing-room life, and there was a lack of dressing-room spirit on his part.
“He had previously had an altercation with another teammate.
“But he went on to be a hard worker.
“Apart from these concerns about his behaviour, which you could put down to his age, Hazard was a good lad who I admired a lot.”
Did that justify giving a fellow teammate a slap? I doubt it; says a lot about the kind of player/person Plestan is.