Chelsea make Hazard submission

Chelsea have written to the Football Association to contest any

attempt to extend Eden Hazard’s ban for kicking out a ballboy at

Swansea.

The 22-year-old midfielder is currently serving a three-match

suspension following his clash with 17-year-old Charlie Morgan

during the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final against the

Swans at the Liberty Stadium earlier this month.

However the FA has charged Hazard over the incident, stating the

standard sanction for violent conduct was “clearly insufficient” in

the Belgian’s case.

Chelsea argue a further ban would be excessive and will discover

this week whether their challenge has succeeded. They are then

entitled to accept or appeal against the FA’s ruling.

Blues manager Rafa Benitez said at the weekend: “At the moment,

we will accept that three games is enough. So we will see what

happens.

“For a player that was in a cup competition, with this intensity

and in the way that things are going on, I think that a three-game

ban is enough.”