Hazard charged over ball boy

Eden Hazard has been charged by the FA following an incident during his side's League Cup semi-final at Swansea City on 23 January 2013. Hazard was sent off for kicking a ball boy whilst trying to retrieve the ball.

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FA charge Hazard over 'violent conduct' to ball boy

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

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.

– The FA statement
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Report: Ball boy will not press charges against Hazard

Sam Wallace is football journalist for the Independent:

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Swansea confirm that police have interviewed ball-boy & his father & no charges will be pressed

Dan Taylor is a football journalist for The Guardian:

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Swansea statement: police have interviewed boy and his father and will not take it further. Common sense!

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Police 'following up' three calls over ball boy incident

South Wales Police has received a number of calls following an incident involving a ball boy at the Capital One Cup semi-final between Swansea City and Chelsea at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Wednesday 23rd January.

Three calls have been received from members of the public living in Sussex, Kent and West Wales which are being followed up.

Officers have interviewed the ball boy concerned in the presence of his father and he does not wish to make any formal complaint.

The boy did not sustain any injuries.

– South Wales Police
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Hulk Hogan backs Eden Hazard over ball boy incident

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Hulk Hogan is a 12-time wrestling world champion Credit: Reuters

Hulk Hogan has weighed in to the Eden Hazard 'kick' row, saying the Swansea City ball boy involved "wouldn't get away with play acting like that in a wrestling ring."

The American wrestler, who is in the UK on a promotional tour, told the Daily Mirror: “I don’t think [Hazard] kicked him hard enough. [The ball boy] shouldn't be interfering with play like that."

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