Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Breaking News: Diego Costa Handed Three-Match Ban For Violent Conduct Against Koscielny

Chelsea Striker Diego Costa has been banned for three games after the FA’s independent regulatory commission found him guilty of violent conduct following his collision with Laurent Koscielny on Saturday.
The Chelsea bad-boy will miss Wednesday's Capital One Cup tie against Walsall, followed by Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Newcastle and their home game with Southampton.
Chelsea are furious with the decision and are angry with referee Mike Dean after he retrospectively claimed he would have sent off Costa for the 43rd-minute incident with Koscielny.

Arsenal defender Gabriel, who was due to serve a three-match ban, had his punishment rescinded after the Gunners provided video evidence to cast an element of doubt about the donkey kick at Costa.

Gabriel has to answer a separate charge of improper conduct after refusing to leave the field of play, but he has until Thursday to respond to that charge.

Arsenal and Chelsea have both been charged with failing to control their players and are anticipating sizeable fines from the FA later this week.

Costa denied his violent conduct charge at 6pm on Tuesday and the FA immediately agreed to hear his case so Chelsea would know the outcome 24 hours before their game at Walsall.

Costa was banned earlier this year for three games after appearing to stamp on Liverpool defender Emre Can during their Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge.

He will serve another ban after his flailing left arm caught Koscielny in the face.

'We are extremely disappointed with the FA Regulatory Commission's decision to suspend Diego Costa,' a statement read. 'We will await their written reasons before commenting further.'

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claimed Dean had seen the incident and decided that his striker had acted within the rules of the game. Mourinho also named Costa man of the match.

Now Chelsea are furious with Dean after he was challenged by the FA on Monday morning over his decision and the referee has now claimed he did not see the incident.

Chelsea also feel aggrieved over the decision to let Gabriel off the hook because the video evidence provided by Arsenal in support of the Brazilian defender’s case is inconclusive.

A video grab shows Gabriel making a donkey kick in the moments leading up to his dismissal, but the FA commission have accepted that it is inconclusive.