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Chelsea star charged with violent conduct by the FA

Chelsea Marcos Alonso

Marcos Alonso has been charged with violent conduct following an incident with Southampton’s Shane Long

Marcos Alonso could be handed a retrospective ban of 3 games by the FA following a horror tackle on Shane Long in Chelsea’s last Premier League match against Southampton. The incident happened in the 43rd minute right in front of the fourth official. The referee, Mike Dean stopped short of booking the Spaniard for the dangerous challenge.

The FA has now confirmed that the Chelsea man has been charged with violent conduct. Video of the particular incident will be brought in front of a three-man panel whose decision has to be unanimous for any punishment to be passed on. Alonso has until Wednesday 6 pm to respond to these charges.

In case of a ban, the 27-year-old will miss Chelsea’s next three domestic fixtures. This will rule him out of the FA Cup semi-final against Southampton and Premier League games against Burnley and Swansea.

The Saints manager, Mark Hughes, accused Alonso of having the ‘intent’ to hurt Shane Long. Speaking in a press conference, he said, “Shane’s got a gash down the calf, having seen it again, there’s a clear red card. There’s clear intent to hurt Shane, it was raked down the back of the calf.”

“It’s a dangerous tackle and could have broken his leg, in my view, and how the three officials that were near it all missed it was a mystery to me.”

Marcos Alonso tackle

Marcos Alonso’s horror tackle on Shane Long

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher expected the FA to revisit the incident while Matt Le Tissier and Dennis Wise branded Mike Dean’s decision (or lack thereof!!) ’embarrassing’.

Author’s Take

How Marcos Alonso’s horror tackle went unpunished was really a mystery to me. It was a straight red and Mike Dean did not even book the offender. The FA’s decision to revisit the incident is well appreciated. On the other hand, Chelsea runs a serious risk of losing the everpresent influence of the Spaniard in a match as crucial as the FA Cup semi-final.

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