Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

CONFIRMED: Chelsea lose Marcos Alonso for FA Cup semi-final

CONFIRMED: Chelsea lose Marcos Alonso for FA Cup semi-final

The left-back collided with the attacker during Chelsea's 3-2 win at St Mary's on Saturday but escaped punishment from the referee during the game.

The hosts had led 2-0 for 70 minutes, but the tide turned when substitute Olivier Giroud headed home Alonso's pinpoint cross.

The 27-year-old Alonso was Chelsea's only representative in the Professional Footballers' Association Premier League team of the year that was announced Wednesday.

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The Spaniard had denied any wrongdoing and further submitted that, if found proven, the suspension would be excessive.

Should Alonso be suspended for three games, he would miss Chelsea's top-flight clash with in-form Burnley tomorrow, the FA Cup semi-final and the Blues' trip to Swansea later this month.

Alonso did appeal the decision but failed to have it overturned, and now the Spanish worldwide must sit out of Chelsea's next three fixtures, including the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley this Sunday.

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Alonso has until 6pm today to respond to the charge.

Speaking on Wednesday ahead of the confirmation of Alonso's suspension, Southampton manager Mark Hughes felt it was the "right call" that the Chelsea defender was facing disciplinary action.

"The disappointment was the officials didn't see it".

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Despite the incident having not been seen by officials, the FA made a decision to take action after reviewing footage of the challenge. "They were all within a 10 to 15-metre radius-one of them should have seen it".

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