LONDON (AP):The English Football Association charged Chelsea winger Eden Hazard yesterday for kicking a ball boy, a move that could add extra games to his three-match ban for violent conduct.
After reviewing footage of the incident, the FA said the standard suspension would be "clearly insufficient" and gave Hazard until Tuesday to respond to the charge.
Hazard was sent off for kicking a ball boy in the 79th minute of Wednesday's League Cup semi-final match against Swansea as the Belgium winger attempted to retrieve the ball after it had rolled out of play.
The 17-year-old ball boy refused to return the ball promptly and dropped down on top of it, prompting Hazard to aim a kick underneath the teenager to release the ball.
Both Hazard and the ball boy, Charlie Morgan, apologised to each other after the match and were spoken to by police. Morgan and his family said they would not be pressing charges and South Wales Police said Friday that they were no longer involved in the matter, having been obliged to follow up three complaints by members of the public.