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Marcos Alonso could miss FA Cup semi-final over violent conduct charge

Marcos Alonso could miss FA Cup semi-final over violent conduct charge

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has been charged retrospectively with violent conduct by the English FA for his challenge on Southampton striker Shane Long during Saturday's Premier League match.

Saints manager Mark Hughes accused Alonso of nearly breaking Long's leg in the challenge, which happened in the 43rd minute of Chelsea's 3-2 victory at St, Mary's Stadium on Saturday.

However, the FA subsequently hit Alonso with a violent conduct charge after confirming that neither of the match officials had seen the tackle, which was caught on video.

"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".

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Already, Chelsea have been dethroned by Manchester City who are now the new Premier League champions, and the Blues' only hope of winning a title this term is now in the FA Cup.

"It was a poor challenge - it should have been a red card in my view", said Southampton manager Mark Hughes after his relegation-threatened side's defeat.

Alonso has until 1800 BST tomorrow to respond and could miss Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Southampton if the charge is upheld. One of them should have seen it.