Chelsea's Marcos Alonso faces ban after FA charge over Shane Long challenge

24 April 2018, 02:54 | Kristine Mills

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Despite the incident having not been seen by officials, the FA chose to take action after reviewing footage of the challenge.

A statement from the FA reads: "Chelsea's Marcos Alonso has been charged with violent conduct following an incident with Southampton's Shane Long".

The incident happened in the first half of Chelsea's clash at St Mary's when they were trailing, but Dean did not even book Alonso and Antonio Conte's men went on to win 3-2.

Alonso had denied the charge but an independent commission hearing on Wednesday rejected his stance.

"I said after the game I thought it needed to be looked at, not really trying to get somebody in trouble, but I just felt it was a bad challenge", said Hughes, whose side travel to Leicester on Thursday.

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Chelsea left-wing-back Marcos Alonso does not deserve his spot in the PFA Team of the Year.

Alonso will be banned for three games for a high tackle made on Shane Long which was not seen by the officials during a draw against the Saints on Saturday.

The hosts had led 2-0 for 70 minutes, but the tide turned when substitute Olivier Giroud headed home Alonso's pinpoint cross. "They were all within a 10 to 15-metre radius-one of them should have seen it".

Alonso now misses Chelsea's next three games - Sunday's FA Cup semifinal against Southampton at Wembley and Premier League games against Burnley and Swansea.



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