FORMER PREMIER LEAGUE REFEREE REVEALS WHY ALONSO WASN’T SHOWN A YELLOW CARD AGAINST STOKE

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Chelsea left wing-back Marcos Alonso was in danger of being given a red card in the 4-0 win against Stoke City on Saturday.

He could easily have gotten a second yellow card for a foul on Mame Biram Diouf in Saturday’s win at the bet365 Stadium.

Mark Hughes claimed that the left-back should have been sent off, while Chelsea manager Antonio Conte revealed that the Spaniard was substituted for tactical reasons.

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has backed Mike Dean for not brandishing a second yellow card.

Gallagher, speaking on Sky Sports about Alonso’s first yellow card, said: “Lunging tackle and when the ball runs away, the ref has to be alert because the player catches the man and not the ball. Yellow card.”

Some referees may easily have given Alonso a second booking for the foul on Diouf, but Gallagher explained why he Dean was right in his decision.

“I think you can see he’s gone for the ball and because Diouf’s a little bit quicker, he’s caught him.

“I think it’s a foul and it’s an opportunity for the referee to come across and bring him in and say: ‘We can understand it’s a foul, we can understand he’s gone for the ball, but that’s it. It’s his final one’.

“It’s not dangerous either.”

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