Costa handed three-match ban for violent conduct

Date published: Tuesday 22nd September 2015 7:40

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Chelsea’s Diego Costa has been handed a three-match ban for violent conduct following a series of incidents in Saturday’s match with Arsenal.

Costa had denied a Football Association charge over the incident, not seen by referee Mike Dean, in which he appeared to raise his hands to Gunners defender Laurent Koscielny.

An FA statement 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].”

Diego Costa (r): Could face a three-match ban for his clash with Gabriel (l)

In a short club statement, Chelsea said: “We are extremely disappointed with the decision to suspend Diego Costa.

“We are awaiting the FA’s written reasons before commenting further.”

Costa’s behaviour had sparked plenty of attention, with our opinion piece calling him a ‘master of the dark arts’ in the immediate aftermath of the match, while Twitter’s reaction to his antics was also highly opinionated.

Meanwhile, we discussed what punishment the FA should hand out to Costa in our Daily Debate, with a large portion of TEAMtalk readers urging the FA to hand the Spain striker a stricter punishment than three games.

Arsenal defender Gabriel, meanwhile, saw his red card in the same game – which Chelsea won 2-0overturned by the FA at an earlier hearing on Tuesday.

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