FA charge Hazard over kick

2013-01-25 19:50

London - Eden Hazard was facing the prospect of an additional ban for kicking a ball boy after the Football Association charged him on Friday over his red card in Chelsea's League Cup exit at Swansea.

Belgian forward Hazard was already set to serve an automatic three-match ban for his red card in Wednesday's semi-final second leg at the Liberty Stadium, where a goalless draw condemned Chelsea to a 2-0 aggregate defeat.

However, the FA insisted Friday that constituted an "insufficient" punishment for the offence.

"The FA has charged Chelsea's Eden Hazard following his side's League Cup semi-final at Swansea on January 23, 2013," an FA statement said.

"It is alleged that Hazard's behaviour in relation to a Swansea 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.

"The player has until 6pm (1800GMT) on Tuesday, January 29, to respond to the charge.

"The FA will 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."

Hazard was sent off by referee Chris Foy for kicking Charlie Morgan, the 17-year-old son of Swansea's biggest shareholder in the closing stages of Wednesday's match at the Liberty Stadium.

The Belgium international lost patience when Morgan refused to hand over the ball after it had gone out for a goal-kick.

Morgan fell to the ground as Hazard attempted to get the ball from him, with the 22-year-old then trying to kick it from under him but appearing to instead make contact with the youngster.


  • Maria Du Bois - 2013-01-25 20:25

    its amazing to read about some commentary from ex players, as they forget the extensive sanction Cantona received for his altercation with a spectator. Absolutely no excuse for his behaviour, and should get a long ban.

  • Jacques - 2013-01-25 20:29

    Eden hazard, he kicks who he wants!

  • - 2013-01-25 23:21

    That laatie got what was coming to him rich daddy of te not.

  • bertrand.mauvis - 2013-01-26 06:19

    That kid and swansea should be fined, he was clearly taking his opportunity to slow down the game at a critical time in the game!! Hazard was frustrated with the ball boy and got a red... Enough punishment for him!!

  • james.strawson.9 - 2013-01-26 10:08

    No, im not a Chelsea supporter but this is utter bull, the father of the ball boy is a Swansea director who is also on the FA board, these ball boys are instructed to waste time and its the ball boy who should face a ban, hes not such an innocent party in all of this!

      Mlungisi.Nhl - 2013-01-27 09:31

      Couldn't agree more, that ball boy should be facing some disciplinary, for the fact that he tweeted that morning intent to waste time goes to show that he planned this that boy was far from innocent.

  • ruben.maistry - 2013-01-26 10:37

    Did Hazard kick the ball or the kid? The kid is a cheat. His parents must teach him values and right living or else he would ends up being a looser. NWA.

  • Vishen - 2013-01-27 11:47

    What do you expect from someone whose name and surname is a contradiction.

  • marcus.vermaak - 2013-01-29 16:21

    And that little **** could end a very good career! They should line the ball boy up against a wall! Cheat!

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