PFA fume as FA charge Chelsea ace Hazard

PFA chief Gordon Taylor has blasted the FA for charging Chelsea ace Eden Hazard over the Swansea City ball-boy incident.

Chelsea’s £32million star is already set to serve a three-match ban for his red card in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup clash at Swansea.

Hazard was left stunned on Friday, however, when the FA deemed that amount of punishment “insufficient” and hit him with an additional charge which could earn him an extra one or two-game ban.

Taylor was left to fume: “I am amazed. I just feel, ‘Why are they doing this?’ This is over-egging it - a sledgehammer to crack a nut when there is a process already agreed.

"There is a need to be careful and proportionate. To miss three games, as Hazard will do, in addition to feeling bad about letting his team-mates down and leaving the pitch at that time - and then for the FA to rub it in? That’s really rubbing salt into the wound, isn’t it?

“We are moving towards a situation where we are going to get a bit more professional with ballboys and that’s a shame really because they have been part and parcel of the game for a long time.”

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