CHELSEA STATEMENT ON HAZARD RULING
Chelsea Football Club has received the independent commission's ruling that Eden Hazard will not face further sanctions following an incident at the Capital One Cup semi-final at Swansea last Wednesday.
Despite our disappointment that the FA felt it necessary to take it as far as today's hearing, Chelsea are satisfied that good sense finally prevailed and no extra games were added.
The FA released the following statement:
'Chelsea's Eden Hazard will not have his standard three-match sanction for violent conduct increased.
Following a hearing earlier today [Thursday 31 January 2013], an independent regulatory commission was of the opinion the existing three-match sanction for this offence was sufficient.
Hazard was charged by The FA following his side's League Cup semi-final at Swansea City on 23 January 2013.
The FA 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 denied the charge and the matter was dealt with at a non-personal hearing.
The FA will be reminding all clubs of their responsibilities in ensuring ball boys and other personnel around the pitch act in an appropriate manner at all times and The FA will be liaising with competitions accordingly.'