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Marcos Alonso and Ben Davies were lucky to escape punishment for awful tackles... they ignored any concerns over their opponents' safety
- Marcos Alonso and Ben Davies ignored any thoughts of their opponents' safety
- Alonso planted his studs on the back of Southampton striker Shane Long's calf
- Davies threw his leg out and went studs up into Kompany's leg at Wembley
Two X-rated tackles escaped the correct punishment on Saturday as Marcos Alonso and Ben Davies ignored any thoughts of safety for their opponents.
Fortunately Long wasn't seriously injured but as there was no possibility or apparent intention to play the ball it was a clear red card offence.
Marcos Alonso appeared to stamp on the calf of Shane Long at Southampton on Saturday
Perhaps it was because the ball had been played away – and was followed by referee Mike Dean – that the incident was missed and went totally unpunished. That of course means the FA could charge Alonso retrospectively using video evidence.
The governing body will not be able to act on the second which was made by Tottenham's Davies on Vincent Kompany who reacted furiously after 27 minutes as he felt the full impact of the tackle.
Referee Jon Moss appeared to see the tackle, awarding a free kick and cautioning Davies however replays showed that as Davies threw his leg out, studs up into Kompany's leg a red would have been more appropriate.
A heated argument followed between Kompany and Davies after the foul
Mike Dean was criticised for ignoring Alonso's challenge on Long
Often these tackles appear to be made thoughtlessly, as a rush of blood or over commitment towards the ball makes the tackler lose control.
These two however, appeared far more deliberate and intending to cause the opponent injury which is why the offender should be punished and the fact that can't be treated the same on review shows the importance of the referee on the day detecting and punishing them correctly.