The Football Association will review the incident that saw Eden Hazard kick out at a ball-boy as Chelsea were beaten on aggregate by Swansea City in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.
Hazard was trying to retrieve the ball from under Charlie Morgan, the teenage son of the City director Martin Morgan, who had flopped on top of it and appeared to be wasting time after 78 minutes of the goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium.
The £32m Belgium international appeared to make contact with the 17-year-old's ribs, with Morgan duly rolling over and complaining to the referee, Chris Foy, who took advice from his linesman before dismissing Hazard.
The red card will prompt a three-game ban but the FA, which will scrutinise Foy's report on Thursday, will now determine whether or not that punishment should be increased. Swansea have already confirmed Morgan will not be pursuing the incident with the police, who spoke to him and his father post-match.
Chelsea invited Morgan into their dressing room after the game where he and Hazard shook hands and each apologised for their part in the unsightly flashpoint. "The boy put his whole body on to the ball and I was just trying to kick the ball," Hazard said in a statement. "I think I kicked the ball and not the boy. I apologise."
Morgan, who has worked as a ball boy at Swansea for six years, had appeared to suggest he intended to time waste on Twitter hours before kick-off having been called in to sit behind the home goal after a colleague cried off the game due to the heavy snow in South Wales.
The former Chelsea winger Pet Nevin told Radio 5 Live this morning: "I was very disappointed with the way that the ballboy acted. He must have been watching footballers with the way that he rolled around.
"He's only got one job and his job is to go and give the ball back. What does he do? He keeps the ball. I have to say I was absolutely amazed this morning to find he's 17. Not 12. Not 13. He should know what his actions should be in that situation. His behaviour was disgraceful."
Asked whether he would have kicked the ballboy, Nevin replied? "I would have kicked the ball out from underneath him if he was behaving like that, 100%."