Marcos Alonso banned for three games for violent conduct

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Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso will play no part in Chelsea’s next three matches after an Independent Regulatory Commission ruling stated that he indulged in violent conduct against Southampton’s Shane Long.

The incident in question took place in the 43rd minute of Chelsea’s 3:2 win away to Southampton on Saturday when Alonso launched a violent challenge on Shane Long.

However, Alonso denied the charge and further submitted that, if found guilty, he would receive a prolonged suspension. This was rejected following the hearing which took place on Wednesday.

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The ban effectively rules him out of the Premier League game against Burnley on Thursday, the FA Cup semi-final against Southampton on Sunday and another Premier League fixture against Swansea on April 28.

Marcos Alonso received no booking from referee Mike Dean for the incident which transpired directly in front of the fourth match official Roger East. The FA confirmed that the incident was not seen by match officials, although it was caught on video.

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