Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been penalised by the Football Association of England. Costa faces a 3 match suspension following a tussle with Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista on Saturday.
The incident took place on Saturday, 19th September in an important Premier League game week 6 clash between Chelsea and Arsenal, Chelsea and Spanish international forward Diego Costa was involved in an ugly incident on Saturday in a match between Chelsea and Arsenal. Chelsea defeated Arsenal 2-0 as the Gunners were down to 9 men in the match.
The Saturday match witnessed a nasty incident on the pitch where Diego Costa was indulged in a fight with Arsenal men Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista. The Brazilian-born Spanish striker even successfully convinced the referee Mike Dean to flash a red card at Paulista.
Diego Costa initially slapped Laurent Koscielny during a tussle inside the penalty box. Gabriel Paulista came as a mediator to stop the fight but was eventually involved in it.
Paulista cunningly tried to stamp on Diego Costa’s feet which Mike Dean saw. He immediately showed the red card and sent off the Brazilian central defender.
The statement from FA read: An FA charge against Diego Costa for violent conduct not seen by the match officials but caught on video has been found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.
The Chelsea forward will, therefore, serve the standard penalty of a three-match suspension with immediate effect.
The charge, which the player denied, was in relation to an incident involving Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny in the 43rd minute of the game on Saturday [19 September 2015].
In reply to the decision Chelsea Football Club have also released an official statement.
This is not the first time Diego Costa went against the spirit of the game. He has been involved in several rows in the past with many opponents but had successfully got off the debacle.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had supported Diego Costa after the match and said that for him Costa was the man of the match and he did the right thing. In the post match interview his teammate and Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma had mentioned that even though he supported Costa, he revealed that the striker ‘loves to cheat’.
Arsene Wenger was furious after the match with how the situation went against his side. He had also urged the FA to investigate the matter.