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Chelsea's Alonso given three-match ban after Long challenge

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has been handed a three-match ban. Credit: PA

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has been handed a three-match ban following his challenge on Southampton's Shane Long last weekend, the Football Association has announced.

The left wing-back appeared to stand on the back of Long's leg during their Premier League game on Saturday and the incident went unpunished by referee Mike Dean.

The FA confirmed Alonso had denied the violent conduct charge and "further submitted that if found proven the suspension would be excessive". He was found guilty at his Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Wednesday.

Alonso is now ruled out of Thursday night's Premier League game at Burnley, Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against the Saints and also the league trip to Swansea on April 28.

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Alonso charged by FA for violent conduct

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Chelsea's Marcos Alonso has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.

The left wing-back appeared to stand on the back of Southampton striker Shane Long's leg during their Premier League game on Saturday, but the incident went unpunished by referee Mike Dean.

However, the FA has since reviewed footage and now sanctioned the Spaniard, who has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond.

Alonso is facing a three-match ban if he accepts the charge which would rule him out of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with the Saints and Premier League games with Burnley on Thursday and Swansea a week on Saturday.

An FA statement read: "Chelsea's Marcos Alonso has been charged with violent conduct following an incident with Southampton's Shane Long.

"It happened in the 43rd minute of Saturday's game [14/04/18] and was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

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

"Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time are referred by The FA to a panel of three former elite match officials.

Chelsea set for pre-season International Champions Cup

Chelsea lost to Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup 2017 in Singapore. Credit: PA

Chelsea are to participate in the International Champions Cup amid their pre-season preparations for 2018/19.

They will do so for the fifth time, and will be joined by Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and further teams that are still to be announced.

Chelsea last summer played both Bayern and Inter in Singapore. Fixtures, dates and venues for the coming summer will be confirmed next week in Miami.

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