MARCOS ALONSO CHARGED WITH VIOLENT CONDUCT; SET TO MISS CHELSEA’S FA CUP SEMIFINAL.

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Marcos Alonso is set to be banned for Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final against Southampton and two other league games after he was charged with violent conduct, reports the Mirror sport.

The Spaniard was investigated by the FA for his studs-up challenge on Saints striker Shane Long during the first half of the Premier League clash between the two sides on Saturday.

Referee Mike Dean didn’t penalize the Spaniard following the challenge but he is set to be retrospectively banned for three games for the tackle.

An FA statement read: “Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso has been charged with violent conduct following an incident with Southampton’s Shane Long.

“It happened in the 43rd minute of Saturday’s game [14/04/18] and was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

“He has until 6pm on Wednesday [18/04/18] to respond to the charge.
“Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time are referred by The FA to a panel of three former elite match officials.

“Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.

“For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.”

Southampton were leading 2-0 in the game but went on to lose 3-2.

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher claims Dean did not see the incident and believes Alonso will be punished.
‘I think he’s too close, I don’t think he had the right angle,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘He clearly hasn’t seen it, otherwise he’d give a foul.
‘We’ve all seen it, we’ve judged it as a red card offence.

‘This is a joke by Mike Dean, he’s turned a blind eye to it,’ former Chelsea captain Dennis Wise told Sky Sports via the Metro.

‘That’s a red card.
‘I’m a Chelsea boy, I’ve done one or two or them in my career and I should’ve gone.
‘He [Alonso] hasn’t even bothered with the ball.’

If banned, Alonso will miss Premier league away games against Burnley and Swansea on the 19th and 28th April respectively. And Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal showdown against Southampton at Wembley.

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