Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Diego Costa penalized by FA

Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday ended in Bad blood. Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been accused of violent conduct by the Football Association after his side's 2-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday. He is confronting up to the possibility of a three-match ban after the Football Association charged him and Gabriel Paulista and in addition Chelsea and Arsenal for failing to control their players.

The Spain international clashed with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel in the first half. He was cited for lashing out at Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny yet escapes sanction for Gabriel scratch.

Costa seemed to begin the episode by twice raking his hands over Koscielny's face and afterward chest-bumping knocking him to the ground.

Diego Costa

Gabriel then came over to defend his teammate, and he and Costa both received yellow cards following their confrontation. But a minute later the Arsenal centre-back was sent off for flicking a boot at the Blues forward.

Having confirmed the match officials did not see the clash between Costa and Gabriel which could have called for an instant red card to Costa the FA supplied video footage to a panel of three former elite referees.

They each needed to autonomously govern Costa's activities to be an instant red card for the FA to continue with the charge.

If Costa accepts the charge he will serve an automatic three-match suspension with immediate effect but, if he contests it, an independent regulatory commission will rule.

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