Hazard avoids ban extension

CHELSEA star Eden Hazard has escaped an extension to his original three-match ban for an altercation with a ball boy last week at Swansea.

The Football Association was overruled by its independent regulatory commission, which decided that Hazard’s automatic ban for violent conduct was sufficient.

Belgium midfielder Hazard has already sat out two games, so will miss tomorrow’s trip to Newcastle but could return at home to Wigan on 9 February.

Players’ union the PFA welcomed the decision, chairman Gordon Taylor having written to the FA to argue in favour of limiting the ban to three games.

Chelsea also argued that the ban should not be increased.