Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso charged with violent conduct

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"Chelsea's Marcos Alonso has been charged with violent conduct following an incident with Southampton's Shane Long", an FA statement said.

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.

Referee Mike Dean did not book Alonso for the incident, which happened directly in front of the fourth official Roger East.

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According to the Daily Mail, FA Chiefs are still investigating the challenge and are reviewing footage of the incident.

Earlier, had reported how Chelsea secured a remarkable comeback victory with three goals in eight minutes as Antonio Conte's men beat Southampton in five-goal thriller at St Mary's stadium.

Alonso could miss Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final rematch with Southampton at Wembley on Sunday if the Football Association chose to uphold the charge.

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Alonso has until 6 pm tonight to respond to the charges leveled against him.

Southampton boss Mark Hughes condemned the tackle at the time, saying it should have resulted in a red card. For retrospective action to be taken the decision of the panel must be unanimous. One of them should have seen it.

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