Marcos Alonso will miss Chelsea’s next three matches for violent conduct after a tackle on Shane Long in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Southampton.

Alonso to serve a three-match ban

Alonso denied the charge and said such a suspension would be excessive. However, this was rejected following Wednesday’s hearing. The incident, which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video, occurred in the 43rd minute of Saturday’s game (14/04/18).

He will miss Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against the same opponents at Wembley, plus Premier League matches at Burnley on Thursday and Swansea on 28 April.

“It was a poor challenge; it should have been a red card in my view,” said Southampton manager Mark Hughes.

The news comes after, on Wednesday, Alonso was named in the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Premier League team of the year; the only representative from Chelsea.

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