Chelsea star Eden Hazard faces an FA charge of violent conduct after clashing with a ballboy in their League Cup semi-final clash with Swansea this week.
And the Belgian could face an extended spell on the sidelines after the Football Association claimed that if he is found guilty ‘standard punishment’ would be ‘insufficient’.
A statement read: “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.”