Punishment handed to the Spanish defender for his challenge on Southampton forward Shane Long on Saturday
Chelsea full-back Marcos Alonso to miss FA Cup semi-final after receiving three-game ban
Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso will miss Sunday's FA Cup semi-final after receiving a three-match ban for his challenge on Southampton forward Shane Long, the English Football Association announced on Thursday.
The left wing-back, recently named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year, 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.
Alonso was found guilty at a hearing on Wednesday. He is ruled out of Thursday's Premier League game at Burnley, Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Southampton and the league trip to Swansea on April 28.
"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," the FA said in a statement.
"Alonso denied the charge and further submitted that if found proven the suspension would be excessive. However, this was rejected following Wednesday's hearing."