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Chelsea's Marcos Alonso faces ban after FA charge over Shane Long challenge

Alison Bender, Peter Walton and Stuart Robson sit down to discuss the controversial challenges made by Marcos Alonso and Hugo Lloris at the weekend.

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso faces a three-match ban after he was charged by the Football Association for a tackle on Shane Long that went unpunished.

TV footage showed Alonso catch Long on the calf with his studs shortly before half-time in Chelsea's 3-2 victory at Southampton, but referee Mike Dean and his assistants missed the incident and consequently took no action.

The Chelsea player has until 6 p.m. on Wednesday to respond. If the charge is accepted or upheld, he will miss Chelsea's next three matches -- Sunday's FA Cup semifinal against Southampton as well as Premier League games against Burnley and Swansea.

An FA statement said: "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. Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.

"For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous."

After the match, Southampton manager Mark Hughes said: "Shane's got a gash down the calf -- having seen it again there's a clear red card. There's clear intent to hurt Shane, it was raked down the back of the calf.

"It's a dangerous tackle and could have broken his leg, in my view, and how the three officials, who were near it, all missed it was a mystery to me."

Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Liam_Twomey.


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