Chelsea will fight any attempt to force Eden Hazard to serve an extended ban for kicking out at a ball boy after he was charged over the incident.

Hazard was already set to serve an automatic three-match suspension for his red card in the Blues' semi-final exit at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night. The Football Association deemed that a "clearly insufficient" punishment for the offence, charging the 22-year-old on Friday afternoon and giving him until 6pm on Tuesday to respond.

Chelsea have not decided whether to contest or accept the charge but Press Association Sport understands they would appeal were any additional suspension imposed. And that would almost certainly be the outcome of disciplinary proceedings unless Hazard chooses to fight the charge itself.

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