Marcos Alonso has been given a three-match ban for his violent conduct against Southampton’s Shane Long.
The ban rules him out of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Southampton and Chelsea’s Premier League games against Burnley on Thursday, and Swansea on April 28.
An Independent Regulatory Commission ruled the Spanish defender committed the act of violent conduct in the 43rd minute of Chelsea’s 3-2 victory over Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium on last Saturday.
“It was a poor challenge – it should have been a red card in my view,” said Southampton manager Mark Hughes after his side’s defeat.
“The disappointment was the officials didn’t see it. They were all within a 10 to 15-metre radius – one of them should have seen it,” he adds
Referee Mike Dean did not book Alonso for the incident, which happened directly in front of fourth official Roger East. The FA confirmed neither match official saw the incident, which was caught on video.
Alonso is the only Chelsea player that was named in the Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ team of the year announced on Wednesday.
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