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Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has been handed a three-game suspension by the Football Association for violent conduct after losing his appeal.

The Spaniard stamped on the calf of Southampton striker Shane Long during Chelsea’s thrilling 3-2 win over the Saints.

He appealed the charge on Wednesday and argued against the severity of the punishment, but lost the appeal and will miss Chelsea’s next three games, starting from tonight’s away game against Burnley.

The Spaniard will also miss Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Southampton, as well as the trip to face Swansea City at the end of April.

A statement from the FA confirmed: “Marcos Alonso will miss Chelsea’s next three matches after an Independent Regulatory Commission ruled he had committed an act of violent conduct against Southampton’s Shane Long.

“Alonso denied the charge and further submitted that if found proven the suspension would be excessive, however, this was rejected following Wednesday’s hearing.

“The incident, which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video, occurred in the 43rd minute of Saturday’s game [14/04/18].”

Alonso will return for Liverpool’s visit to Stamford Bridge at the start of May.

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