The Football Association has charged Chelsea’s Eden Hazard with violent conduct following his controversial incident with a Swansea City ball boy in the waning minutes of Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final.
Hazard was red carded for attempting to kick the ball free from underneath 17-year-old Swansea ball boy Charlie Morgan.
The Belgium star’s three-match suspension could be extended by the FA’s latest charge. A commission independent of the FA and Chelsea will rule on the length of the ban next week. Hazard has until 6 p.m. Tuesday to respond to the charge.
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 addressed the ball boy’s actions that many believe were his attempt to stall as Swansea City attempted to hold on to an upset win.
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.