Benitez: Hazard ban is enough

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed the club would not accept an extended ban for Eden Hazard following the Swansea ball-boy saga.

Last Updated: 27/01/13 at 16:20 Post Comment

Rafa Benitez and Eden Hazard on the Chelsea touchline

Rafa Benitez and Eden Hazard on the Chelsea touchline

Benitez believes Hazard's three-game ban following his red card for kicking out at Liberty Stadium ball boy Charlie Morgan is a sufficient punishment for the offence.

The FA has charged Hazard over the incident, stating the standard sanction for violent conduct was "clearly insufficient" in the Belgian's case.

But Benitez said after the 2-2 FA Cup fourth-round draw at Brentford: "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."

Hazard served the first instalment of his automatic suspension in the game at Griffin Park.

Benitez said: "I have a lot of images but I think that, for a professional, and for the club, we have already lost the player at the end of the game, we will lose the player at least for three games. I think it's enough."

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