Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard’s ban for kicking a ball boy at Swansea will remain at three games, the Football Association has confirmed.
The 22-year-old was shown a red card for the incident, prompting the FA to look into the possibility of increasing the punishment after deeming it “clearly insufficient”.
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A statement on the FA’s website read: “Following a hearing earlier today [Thursday], an independent regulatory commission was of the opinion the existing three-match sanction for this offence was sufficient.”
Hazard has already served two games the three-match ban after missing the FA Cup tie at Brentford and Wednesday night’s draw at Reading, with Saturday’s trip to Newcastle the last of the suspension.
Chelsea added on their website: "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 fracas at Swansea has caused further fallout, with the FA also prompting clubs to ensure ball boys act responsibly and fairly in future.
The FA statement continued: “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.”