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Chelsea to contest additional Hazard suspension

ESPN staff
January 30, 2013
Eden Hazard could get more than three games on the sidelines. © PA Photos

Chelsea have written to the Football Association to contest any attempts to extend midfielder Eden Hazard's ban for kicking out at a ballboy to more than three games, according to the BBC.

Hazard, 22, was sent off by referee Chris Foy in the second half of the Blues' clash in the League Cup with Swansea.

The Belgian appeared to try and kick the ball from underneath a ballboy who was laid prone on the ground and will now face a three-match ban with the possibility of an even longer one if the FA deems his actions suitable.

Indeed a statement from the FA claimed: "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."

However, the club have taken issue with the incident receiving more that just the three-match ban and have written a letter to the FA in order to try and have it kept the same.

If an extra match is added to his suspension, Hazard would be ruled out of the FA Cup replay against Brentford at Stamford Bridge on February 17 and any further suspension would see him miss the crunch clash at Manchester City on February 24.

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