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Chelsea star handed three-match ban

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has been handed a three-match ban for violent conduct after a tackle on Southampton striker Shane Long in the 3-2 win over Southampton at the weekend.

The Spaniard was spotted by TV cameras going in very late on the Irish striker, but the incident was crucially missed by experienced match referee Mike Dean.

Speaking after the game, Southampton manager Mark Hughes expressed his disappointment in the officials, claiming that at least one of them should have seen it.

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

“The disappointment was the officials didn’t see it. They were all within a 10 to 15-metre radius – one of them should have seen it.”

The incident was been referred to to the FA who charged the defender with violent conduct, and while he denied the charge, the independent regulatory commission rejected his plea and handed him a three-match ban.

He will miss tonight’s Premier League game against Burnley, as well as Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final, which is ironically against last weekend’s opponents, Southampton. He will also miss Chelsea’s League game against Swansea.

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