Eden Hazard charged by FA for kicking Swansea ball boy Charlie Morgan

Hazard charged! Chelsea forward faces lengthy ban as FA take action over clash with ball boy

PUBLISHED:

15:49 GMT, 25 January 2013

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UPDATED:

16:05 GMT, 25 January 2013

Eden Hazard has been charged by the Football Association for violent conduct following his clash with a ball boy during Wednesday night's Capital One clash at Swansea.

Hazard was shown a straight red card after kicking out at ball boy Charlie Morgan in the 78th minute of the semi-final second leg.

Hazard would have served a three-match ban, but now faces a longer stint on the sidelines following today's development.

A commission with no representatives from the FA or Chelsea will decide on the length of Hazard's ban next week. Hazard has until Tuesday to appeal the charge.

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Flashpoint: Chelsea's Eden Hazard clashed with the teenage ballboy who is lying on the ball

Flashpoint: Chelsea's Eden Hazard clashed with the teenage ball boy

Seeing red: Hazard is sent off by referee Chris Foy on Wednesday night

Seeing red: Hazard was given his marching orders by referee Chris Foy

'The FA have charged Chelsea’s Eden
Hazard following his side’s League Cup semi-final at Swansea City on 23
January 2013,' read an FA statement.

'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 player has until 6pm on Tuesday 29 January 2013 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.'

Chelsea are yet to respond to the FA statement.

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