Date: 14th April 2018 at 3:44pm
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Quite possibly so!

The Spaniard, we must admit, committed a bad challenge on Shane Long, in the 3-2 win away to Southampton.

Alonso went in from the side and his studs caught Long high up on his calf, leaving the striker in a crumpled heap on the pitch.

The referee, Mike Dean, missed the challenge thereby leaving it open to further investigation.

Mark Hughes certainly didn’t miss the tackle and mentioned it in his post-match interviews with both the BBC and Sky Sports.

Talking to Sky Sports, Hughes had this to say,

“I’ve seen Marcos Alonso’s tackle on Shane Long again – it’s a clear red card and clear intent to hurt Shane. It could’ve broken his leg. There were three officials within five to 10 yards so how each of them missed it is a mystery to me.”

And to the BBC;

“Mike Dean was five yards away, his assistant was seven yards away and the fourth official was six yards away – how can they not see it when everyone else did?

“That tackle could’ve had significant consequences for Shane and Chelsea going down to 10 men at that point with us in the ascendancy would’ve changed the game.”

Hughes has a point, Chelsea were behind and going down to 10-men would have, as Hughes points out, ramifications.

However, when Antonio Conte was pushed on the challenge, he gave a reply as thus, to the BBC,

“I didn’t see Marcos Alonso’s challenge and after the game I don’t want to comment on the referee’s decision.”

It remains to be seen how severely those who run our game come down on Alonso.

Will it be a 1-game or a 3-game ban?


3 Replies to “Could Alonso Face Post-Match Retribution from the Authorities?”

  • That will actually be a good thing. I will be very glad if he can even get 6 games suspension. Or better if he can be suspended for good from the team, helping us to sort out definitely one problem that we have been having the whole season.

  • I pray he is suspended for the rest of the season. The two goals were caused by him. He is a very, very lazy player. I also hope the absence of Rudiger for today’s game is not as a result of his comment after our draw with West Ham.

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