A studs-up challenge from Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso was the biggest point of contention in the Blues’ 3-2 win over Southampton.
The match itself was a barnstorming way to get the weekend’s Premier League action underway. Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek put the home side two up at St. Mary’s, but a three goal blitz in the space of nine minutes later in the game, including a brace from Olivier Giroud, gave Chelsea their first win since March 18.
What rankled with Saints boss Mark Hughes though is the lack of action taken on opposing defender Marcos Alonso for a nasty tackle on the stroke of half-time.
With seemingly no intention of challenging for the ball, Alonso raised his studs towards the calf of Irishman Shane Long.
Hope Alonso is going to get a ban for that pic.twitter.com/LpUvlfHl9W
— Scott McGovern * (@rem1771) April 14, 2018
The Spaniard didn’t earn as much as a booking for the challenge, prompting Mark Hughes to call for retrospective action (likely necessitating a ban), and to insult the standard of English refereeing in one fell swoop.
“It was a poor challenge, it should have been a red card in my view. The disappointment was the officials didn’t see it, they were all within a 10 to 15 metre radius – one of them should have seen it”, Hughes raged via The Mirror.
“It was a poor tackle, and one that could have been more severe for Shane. Thankfully he’s just about okay, but he’s been raked down the calf. Chelsea down to 10 men, it could have put a different complexion on things. Referees have got to get them right – maybe that’s why they’re not in the World Cup this year.
“Maybe people need to look at that again, retrospectively.”
Southampton remain in the relegation zone, with rivals Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace earning wins today over Watford and Brighton respectively.