Martinez plays down Costa and Barry clash

Date published: Sunday 13th March 2016 9:00

Roberto Martinez: Felt second yellow was fair for Diego Costa

Roberto Martinez: Felt second yellow was fair for Diego Costa

Roberto Martinez saw nothing to suggest Diego Costa warrants further action after clashing with Gareth Barry in Everton’s FA Cup win over Chelsea.

Chelsea revealed in a statement that Costa had “expressed regret” over his clash with Barry, who was also later sent off, but denied biting the Everton midfielder.

Martinez, who was grateful to two moments of brilliance from Romelu Lukaku before the red cards to settle an otherwise disappointing tie, played down the incident.

“My interpretation is I don’t think it was a key moment. It was an emotional game and rightly so,” said Martinez.

“Diego Costa had a fighting spirit and I would like to praise the referee (Michael Oliver). The sending-off of Costa was right.

“The sending-off of Gareth Barry was right and the referee never allowed those emotions to stop the fluency.

“Whatever happens with Diego Costa I am sure the two players shook it off.

“From where it was he moved his head towards Gareth Barry and I lost sight of that action.

“I thought it was a second yellow. It was a moment that didn’t have an impact on the scoreline.”

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink said Everton’s players “went after” Costa, but Martinez added: “It is part of trying to do an interpretation as you want.

“We matched each other well. None of my players fell into the focus of losing the game.”

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