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Chelsea striker Hazard charged with violent conduct by FA

Eden Hazard has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association in relation to an incident involving a ballboy at Swansea on Wednesday. The FA reviewed video evidence of the incident and have decided to charge the player, who could see his automatic three-match ban for violent conduct increased.

"The FA have charged Chelsea's Eden Hazard following his side's League Cup semi-final at Swansea City on 23 January 2013," a statement on the FA website confirmed.

"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."

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