Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

English FA charge Chelsea's Marcos Alonso for violent conduct

English FA charge Chelsea's Marcos Alonso for violent conduct

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso's apparent stamp on Southampton striker Shane Long on Sunday is under the English Football Association (FA) investigation, it was reported on Tuesday.

Southampton led Chelsea 1-0 in the first-half at St Mary's when, shortly before the break, Alonso trod on the back of Long's leg, pressing his studs into the forward's right calf.

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 FA confirmed that neither match official saw the incident in real time, but the challenge was caught on video, and the English governing body thus chose to punish Alonso retroactively.

The 27-year-old's actions went unpunished by referee Mike Dean but he has now been charged retrospectively by an FA panel.

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Alonso has until 6pm on Wednesday to appeal the decision and it remains to be seen whether or not the Blues will even bother in attempting to have the charge removed.

"It was a poor challenge - it should have been a red card in my view", said Southampton manager Mark Hughes after his relegation-threatened side's defeat.

Should he get a three-game ban, then Alonso would also miss the Premier League trip to Swansea City on April 28.

"The disappointment was the officials didn't see it". They were all within a 10 to 15-metre radius.

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