Conte Refuses To Comment On Alonso Tackle

Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte has refused to comment on Marcos Alonso’s controversial tackle in the 3-2 win over Southampton. In the late stages of the first half, with Chelsea 1-0 down, Alonso appeared to go high and get Long’s leg with his studs. The Spain international avoided a reprimand from referee Mike Dean, as Chelsea […]

Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte has refused to comment on Marcos Alonso’s controversial tackle in the 3-2 win over Southampton.

In the late stages of the first half, with Chelsea 1-0 down, Alonso appeared to go high and get Long’s leg with his studs.

The Spain international avoided a reprimand from referee Mike Dean, as Chelsea came from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

“I must be honest, I didn’t see this,” Conte said. “We have never commented about the negative refereeing decisions, especially after the game. This is because it is difficult to watch the game images but I think in the past I have never complained about a negative situation for my team.

“I have the same behaviour for this also, because I didn’t see it and I can’t comment.”

Mark Hughes was unhappy that Alonso had escaped a red card and has called for the player to receive a retrospective ban ahead of next week’s FA Cup semi-final between the two clubs.

The Southampton boss said: “It was a poor challenge, a really poor challenge. It should have been a red card, clearly. I am disappointed that the officials didn’t see it. They were all within a 10 or 15 metre radius. I think between the referee, linesman or fourth official that one of them should have seen it.

“It was a poor tackle, it was a tackle that thankfully had no drastic consequences for Shane. Thankfully he is okay, he just got a rake down the calf. Clearly, with Chelsea down to 10 men and us in the first half on the ascendancy, it is a slant on the game really.

“Those are key moments and referees have got to get them right, maybe that’s why the [Premier League] referees are not at the World Cup this year.”

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