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Eden Hazard Ballboy Clash: FA Charges Player
The Football Association has charged Chelsea's Eden Hazard with violent conduct following his clash with a Swansea ballboy.
The FA said the normal three-match ban that is a mandatory sanction for violent conduct "was clearly insufficient".
The charge came as ballboy Charlie Morgan briefly broke his silence around the drama.
The 17-year-old tweeted that the last 24 hours had been "crazy", adding he had spoken to the footballer and would not be pressing charges.
The FA said: "The FA has charged Chelsea's Eden Hazard following his side's League Cup semi-final at Swansea on January 23, 2013.
"It is alleged that Hazard's behaviour in relation to a Swansea ballboy, 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, January 29, 2013 to respond to the charge.
"The FA will remind all clubs of their responsibilities in ensuring ballboys and other personnel around the pitch act in an appropriate manner at all times and will liaise with competitions accordingly."
Hazard claims he was trying to wrestle the ball away from Morgan in Wednesday's Capital One Cup match at the Liberty Stadium.
The ballboy had apparently refused to hand over the ball after it had gone out for a goal kick towards the end of the semi-final second leg game.
Hazard was sent off by referee Chris Foy, and Chelsea will not appeal his red card for violent conduct.
The red card carries a minimum three-match suspension.
The match ended 0-0, with the Welsh side going through to the final 2-0 on aggregate. The kick affair has since become a worldwide talking point, including on Twitter.
South Wales Police is following up complaints from members of the public in Sussex, Kent and south Wales.
Swansea will not face any action over the teenager's role in the controversy, as any complaint of time-wasting is considered an issue to be handled by the officials during the game.