The Football Association has charged Chelsea's Chelsea's Eden Hazard with violent conduct, after he appeared to kick a 17-year-old ball boy at Swansea's Liberty Stadium, during the two clubs' League Cup semi-final second leg.
South Wales Police says it's no longer involved in the incident on Wednesday night where Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard appeared to kick a ball boy at Swansea City. The ball boy, 17-year-old Charlie Morgan, has said he spoke to Hazard afterwards and was not pressing charges.
Officers have confirmed that he did not want to make a formal complaint. They say they have received a number of calls from members of the public after the incident at the Liberty Stadium.
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.
Now even Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has shared his views on the controversy. When asked about it during a radio phone-in, he said he believed both the player and the ball boy were at fault.
My early judgment is - this is going to sound like painful fence-sitting - but I think they are both at fault. Hazard absolutely should not have done what he did, that was absolutely out of order. Benitez has been clear on that. But the ball boy did seem to kind of cover the ball, which is frustrating for a player.