Chelsea's Marcos Alonso faces ban after FA charge over Shane Long challenge

Marcos Alonso could miss three Chelsea games with FA violent conduct charge

Marcos Alonso could miss three Chelsea games with FA violent conduct charge

Chelsea face the prospect of losing Marcos Alonso for the next three games, including their FA Cup semi-final tie against Southampton, after the left-back was charged with violent conduct.

The 26-year-old, however, may not be able to feature if the Football Association find him guilty of the offense before the cup clash.

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.

Alonso has until 1800 BST tomorrow to respond and could miss Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Southampton if the charge is upheld.

An FA statement said: "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".

"Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence". For retrospective action to be taken the decision of the panel must be unanimous.

Sky Sports said that Southampton coach Mark Hughes accused Alonso of nearly breaking Long's leg in the challenge, which happened when Chelsea were 0-1 down in the English Premier League (EPL) game.

If Alonso is handed a ban by the FA, he would also miss the top flight encounters with Burnley and Swansea City away from home. They were all within a 10 to 15-metre radius.

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