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.
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.