Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Chelsea defender Alonso charged with violent conduct

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Lucia Summers | 17 April, 2018, 23:31

Alonso's absence for Sunday's Wembley clash would represent a major blow to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as the FA Cup is the club's last remaining opportunity to win silverware and salvage an otherwise underwhelming campaign.

The left wing-back appeared to rake his studs down the calf of Saints striker Shane Long during the Blues' 3-2 triumph at St.Mary's stadium on Saturday, and Alonso now faces up to a three-match retrospective ban for his actions, if the charge is upheld.

Chelsea defender, Marcos Alonso is facing a three-game ban after being charged with violent conduct by the Premier League Football Association for his stamp on Southampton forward, Shane Long.

If that is the case, a three independent panellists then individually rule on whether Alonso's tackle warranted a red card and, if the decision is unanimous, an FA charge can be brought.

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"The disappointment was the officials didn't see it. One of them should have seen it".

However, the FA have taken matters into their own hands and have charged Alonso with violent conduct meaning he is likely to miss some crucial fixtures in Chelsea's late charge for a spot in the top four.

Alonso's challenge was missed by referee Mike Dean on the south coast, and was only spoken to during the Premier League victory over Mark Hughes' relegation-threatened side. They were all within a 10 to 15-metre radius.

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