FA charges Chelsea's Marcos Alonso with violent conduct in win over Southampton


Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso's apparent stamp on Southampton striker Shane Long on Sunday is under the English Football Association (FA) investigation, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Blues wing-back appeared to stand on the back of Southampton forward Long's calf.

Marcos Alonso
GETTYMarcos Alonso helped Chelsea recover against Southampton

If the charge is accepted or upheld, he will miss Chelsea's next three matches - Sunday's FA Cup semifinal against Southampton as well as Premier League games against Burnley and Swansea.

Chelsea came from two goals down to win 3-2, with all three goals coming in an eight-minute span in the second half.

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Marcos Alonso of Chelsea gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium on April 14, 2018 in Southampton, England. For retrospective action to be taken the decision of the panel must be unanimous.

The Blues are now seven points behind rivals Tottenham, who play Brighton on Tuesday evening, and their remaining Premier League fixtures are against Burnley, Swansea, Liverpool, Huddersfield and Newcastle.

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Alonso has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond to the charge.

Alonso's challenge was missed by referee Mike Dean on the south coast, and was only spoken to during the Premier League victory over Mark Hughes' relegation-threatened side. "They were all within a 10 to 15 metre radius - one of them should have seen it".

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