The Straits Times
Published on Jan 28, 2013

No need to punish Hazard further, Chelsea manager Benitez says


LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez believes Eden Hazard's three-game ban for kicking a ball boy in the League Cup semi-final at Swansea City is sufficient punishment.

Hazard was sent off for violent conduct following the incident in Wednesday's game at the Liberty Stadium, which saw him tussle with ball boy Charlie Morgan after the youngster refused to give him the ball.

His red card generated an automatic three-match suspension, but the Football Association said on Friday that such a punishment was "clearly insufficient" and hit him with an extra charge.

However, Benitez has hinted that any extra sanctions for the Belgian would provoke an appeal from his club. "At the moment, we will accept that three games is enough. So we will see what happens," he said, after Chelsea scraped a 2-2 draw at third-tier Brentford in the FA Cup on Saturday.