Friday, 25th January, 2013

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been charged with violent conduct by the English Football Association after kicking a ball boy during the Blues League Cup clash against Swansea City earlier this week.

Hazard was trying to retrieve the ball, which was underneath the ball boy, who had fallen on it. The Belgian aimed a kick, which appeared to strike the ball boy, although Hazard himself maintains he struck the ball to release it.

The FA though have opted to charge Hazard and have given him until 6pm on Tuesday 29th January to respond to the charge of violent conduct.

"The FA have charged Chelsea’s Eden Hazard following his side’s League Cup semi-final at Swansea City on 23 January 2013", English football’s governing body announced.


"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."

The FA also took the opportunity to warn clubs over their responsibilities with respect to ball boys.

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