FA Charges Chelsea's Alonso With Violent Conduct

Long battled for the ball with Cesc Fabregas in the middle of the St Mary's pitch

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has been charged retrospectively by the Football Association for a unsafe tackle on Southampton forward Shane Long on Saturday.

Alonso's apparent stamp on Shane Long in Chelsea's dramatic 3-2 Premier League victory over Southampton went unpunished, but he has now been charged retrospectively by an FA panel.

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 Spanish global has now been told to respond until 6 pm on Wednesday, April 18, or face severe outcome.

"He has until 6pm on Wednesday [18/04/18] to respond to the charge".


If suspended, Alonso will be absent for Premier League away games against Burnley and Swansea City, as well as the FA Cup game against Southampton at Wembley this weekend. For retrospective action to be taken the decision of the panel must be unanimous.

Referee Mike Dean failed to produce a yellow card for the challenge which many have seen as a sending-off offence.

"The disappointment was the officials didn't see it".

"It was a poor tackle, and one that could have been more severe for Shane".

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