Chelsea may demand an arbitration hearing if they are unsatisfied with the FA’s reasons for rejecting their appeal against Diego Costa’s ban.
On Tuesday the FA announced Chelsea’s appeal against the three-match ban Costa received following his clash with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny had been rejected by an Independent Regulatory Commission.
The club are understood to be seething at the decision, especially considering the Gunners’ Gabriel had his three-match suspension for his part in the debacle overturned.
While the Blues are refusing to comment on the matter until they received the written reasons for the controversial Spain international’s ban, they are known to be considering their options in the meantime.
According to The Telegraph, Chelsea officials have discussed pushing for an arbitration hearing, which would involve a three-man panel reviewing the incident again.
If this was to happen, then the London club and the FA would choose an official each, with a chairman to be agreed upon.
Last year West Ham were granted such a hearing to review the three-match suspension handed to Andy Carroll for a clash with Swansea City’s Chico Flores, though the Hammers failed to have the decision overturned.
Costa will definitely be unavailable for Wednesday’s League Cup tie with Walsall, and could also miss the Premier League matches with Newcastle United and Southampton.