Costa faces four-game ban – but Webb tips escape

Date published: Sunday 1st November 2015 10:49

Diego Costa: Could be punished for Martin Skrtel clash

Diego Costa could be banned for four games if the Football Association punish him for a kick on Martin Skrtel – but Howard Webb doubts they will.

Costa drove his studs into Skrtel’s midriff as the pair fell to the floor following a foul by the Chelsea striker during the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool – and the FA could take action if they deem it to have been deliberate.

However, Webb, technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, believes Costa will escape punishment.

Speaking on BT Sport after the game, Webb said: “They (The FA) will have a look I think. I think it is a clear red card. He commits a foul on Martin Skrtel, then there is a little kick.

“The second action is a clear act of violent conduct. Mark Clattenburg is pretty close and is in a good position and it’s difficult to say that he hasn’t seen this.

“Normally the FA won’t take action when the ref is looking at it. But just because he is looking in that direction it doesn’t mean he is focussed on that act of violence, and he can’t have been because he didn’t see the kick and didn’t give a red card.

“I doubt that the FA will take action because Mark is looking in that direction and it is not off the ball. But it is a clear red card and Diego Costa is a lucky boy on that occasion.”

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