The Football Association has charged Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso for violent conduct after an awful tackle against Southampton forward Shane Long.
The Blues full-back was caught on video stepping on Long’s calf and Saints manager Mark Hughes has accused Alonso of almost breaking his player’s leg.
Marcos Alonso is a pig. Rakes his studs down the back of Shane Long’s calf then refused to kick the ball out of play. Scumbag on & off the pitch. pic.twitter.com/mwYstu4xn3
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) April 14, 2018
Referee Mike Dean ignored the challenge and did not book Alonso for the foul, and the fourth official Roger East did not react as well.
The Spaniard has until 6:00 pm on Wednesday to respond to the charge. If the 27-year-old found guilty, the former Fiorentina star will miss Chelsea’s next three matches.
Marcos Alonso could miss Chelsea’s #FACup semi-final.
He’s been charged with violent conduct for a tackle on Shane Long.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) April 17, 2018
“Shane’s got a gash down the calf, having seen it again there’s a clear red card,” he said after the game. “There’s clear intent to hurt Shane, it was raked down the back of the calf.”
“It’s a dangerous tackle and could have broken his leg, in my view, and how the three officials who were near it all missed it was a mystery to me.”
Marcos Alonso has been issued a 3 game ban after his stamp on Shane Long on Saturday… pic.twitter.com/8f3T9hW2pO
— Uber Chelsea FC 🏆 (@UberCheIseaFC) April 17, 2018
Antonio Conte’s men came from 2-0 down and went on to win 3-2 over the Saints at St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.