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FT: Chelsea 1 - 0 Swansea City

Chelsea's Eden Hazard is tackled by Swansea's Jordi Amat Credit: PA Images

Swansea City have lost their Boxing Day match against a dominant Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Swans goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel helped keep the scores low after Eden Hazard scored the game's only goal in the first-half.

Swansea now sit 11th in the Premier League table as Chelsea move to second.

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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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Fulham boss: Ball boy 'played rugby' with Hazard

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Fulham boss Martin Jol said he felt some sympathy for Eden Hazard Credit: PA

Fulham football manager Martin Jol accused a Swansea City ball boy apparently 'kicked' by Chelsea's Eden Hazard of "playing rugby" by holding on to the ball too long.

The Dutchman said: "I felt for Hazard, but you can't kick people. He (the ball boy) was playing rugby with him, so I can understand he wanted to get the ball."

The Cottagers boss added that the ball boy, understood to be 17-year-old Charlie Morgan, was "probably overage".

Jol said: "Our ball boys are between 10 and 12 years of age. I saw he was probably over-age, probably 21. A big boy, you know?"

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Football Association could investigate ball boy 'kick'

by - Daybreak Chief Correspondent

Chelsea footballer Eden Hazard apologised after he was sent off for appearing to kick a Swansea ball boy during the League Cup semi final second leg.

Some people are saying he should face further punishment from the FA.

ITV Daybreak correspondent Richard Gaisford reports from ball boy Charlie Morgan's home village in Tycroes.

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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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