English FA slams 3 match ban on Chelsea star Marcos Alonso

English FA slams 3 match ban on Chelsea star Marcos Alonso

- Blues star Marcos Alonso has been found guilty of violent conduct by the English FA after his tackle on Southampton's Shane Long

- The Spaniard threw a dangerous tackle at the Saints' forward in their dramatic win in the encounter

- He will now miss his side's meetings against Burnley, Southampton, and Swansea respectively

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has been handed a three-match ban for his dangerous tackle on Southampton striker Shane Long in their 3-2 dramatic victory at the Saint Mary’s Stadium over the weekend.

Two goals from Olivier Giroud and one from Eden Hazard ensured the Blues came back from two goals down to secure a 3-2 win over the Saints as the race for top four continues.

Meanwhile, the Spaniard will begin his punishment as he is expected to miss his side’s clash against Burnley at Turf Moor on Thursday, April 19, after being found guilty by the English FA.

He will also miss Chelsea’s FA Cup semi final clash against Southampton on Sunday, April 22, in a bid to ensure they end their season with silverware.

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However, referee Mike Dean did not see anything wrong in the tackle as he did not book the defender, leaving Southampton boss Mark Hughes claiming the challenge almost broke his player's leg.

A decision which led to the ref being termed "arrogant" by Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier for failing to act on the flashpoint.

In their post-match review, the FA disciplinary committee charged the 27-year-old Spaniard retrospectively.

The former Fiorentina defender was said to have appealed the charge on Wednesday afternoon, saying should he be found guilty, three-game ban would be outrageous.

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But despite Chelsea providing evidence to support their case, the Independent Regulatory Commission ruled his challenge was an act of violent conduct. They also upheld the original length of suspension at three games.

He will miss the Blues meetings with Burnley this evening, this weekend's big FA Cup semi-final against Southampton and the league game against Swansea.

Chelsea have had a poor season and it has led to them been overthrown as the Premier League champions by Manchester City and they will do well to win the FA Cup to end their season on a high.

Alonso joined the Stamford Bridge side from Fiorentina in 2016 and he has been superb after scoring 12 goals in over 60 games for his club even as a defender.

He is the only Chelsea player in the recently released Premier League XI this season.

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Source: Legit.ng

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