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 FA statement
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.
Sam Wallace is football journalist for the Independent:
Swansea confirm that police have interviewed ball-boy & his father & no charges will be pressed
Dan Taylor is a football journalist for The Guardian:
Swansea statement: police have interviewed boy and his father and will not take it further. Common sense!
– South Wales Police spokesman
South Wales Police can confirm that the Swansea City ball boy has been interviewed in the presence of his father and no complaint has been made. The ball boy did not sustain any injuries.
Henry Winter is a Daily Telegraph football correspondent:
Eden Hazard told Chelsea TV he thought he "kicked the ball and not the boy" during the Capital One Cup semi-final and apologised for the incident.
Please note Hazard's words are translated into English immediately after every answer.
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told a press conference that he believes ball boys should be educated, and that their job is simply to get the ball back into play as quickly as possible.
– South Wales Police
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.
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."
Fulham manager Martin Jol has sympathised with Eden Hazard after he was sent off for kicking a ball boy in Chelsea's League Cup semi final defeat to Swansea