The Football Association has charged Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard with violent conduct based on his actions during the Chelsea-Swansea League Cup semi-final where he kicked a Swansea City ball boy.
“It is alleged that Hazard’s behaviour in relation to a Swansea City ball boy, for which the player was dismissed in the 78th minute, constituted violent conduct whereby the standard punishment that would otherwise apply was clearly insufficient,” said a statement by The FA.”The player has until 6pm on Tuesday 29 January 2013 to respond to the charge.”
The FA also added a message to Swansea City and other clubs by saying that they “remind all clubs of their responsibilities in ensuring ball boys and other personnel around the pitch act in an appropriate manner at all times and will liaise with competitions accordingly.”
Depending on the final decision by The FA, Hazard could face more than the standard three match ban.
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