Chelsea defender Marcus Alonso has been handed a three-game ban by the English FA and will miss Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Southampton at Wembley Stadium.
Alonso was deemed to be guilty of violent conduct after planting his left boot into Shane Long’s right leg during Sunday’s Premier League meeting between the Saints and Chelsea.
An FA statement reads: “Marcos Alonso will miss Chelsea’s next three matches after an Independent Regulatory Commission ruled he had committed an act of violent conduct against Southampton’s Shane Long.
“Alonso denied the charge and further submitted that if found proven the suspension would be excessive, however, this was rejected following yesterday’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.”
Referee Mike Dean did not even give a free-kick for the attack by Alonso on Sunday, despite appearing to be in a good position to view the incident.