And that punishment deserved to be a kick in the ribs?
Time wasting has gone on for ages, and will continue to go on. Ball boys, players, managers all time waste. Why this particualt occasion has caused such outrage I don't know.
I think not rushing to give the bal lback if you are winning is to be expected...but to hide the ball away from the player? That isn't what a ball boy is supposed to do.
And stop with the 'deserving a kick in the ribs nonsense', it's all about intent. He was trying to get the ball, it was stupid and he deserved a red but there was no intent to cause harm whatsoever.