FA charge Diego Costa for violent conduct; Gabriel for improper conduct
The English FA have charged Spanish international and Chelsea striker Diego Costa with violent conduct and former Villarreal and current Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista with improper conduct.
Costa was very much on his particular game against Arsenal with the Brazilian-born forward hitting Laurent Koscielny in the face and drawing a foul from former Villarreal defender Gabriel in his effort to lead Chelsea to victory and subsequently drawing the ire of Arsene Wenger, who also took a shot at referee Mike Dean for letting the aggression continue.
In his post-match interview with the BBC, Wenger detailed Costa’s offenses against his squad and bemoaned Mike Dean’s lack of assertiveness to stop Costa and send the striker off.
“I would not like to be Mike Dean tonight. Costa twice should be sent off. He hits him [Koscielny] in the face in purpose. In every game he has aggravation and he gets away with it because of the weakness of the referee. We knew before the game he is only looking at that.
“Gabriel should not have responded at all but the two sending offs for us and Costa staying on the pitch is a shame. Costa can do what he wants, he stays on and everybody else who responds to him has to be sent off. I think it is unacceptable his behaviour. If you look well at the pictures what he does to Koscielny before he pushes him down he hits him in the face and the throat, he always gets away with it.
“It is surprising and I don’t understand Mike Dean’s decision at all, not on the sending-off — why does Diego Costa stay on the pitch and Gabriel sent off? Okay I accept he has not to react at all. Gabriel is guilty for getting involved of course, he should not have responded at all, but Koscielny had no choice.
“We expect that kind of game and were not surprised, but you expect the referee to make the right decision. I don’t deny Gabriel is sent off, he deserves it, but he (Costa) goes down well.”
Wenger has urged the Football Association (FA) to review the match and take post-game action against Costa, especially for Costa’s punch to Laurent Koscielny.
“That is the least they could do, but he will do the same again next week and the week after and he always gets away with it. For me, it is always in provocation and he uses well the naivety of Mike Dean today. Look at the pictures, it tells you a lot on slow motion. Before the cross comes in he hits him.
“The fact is surprising that Diego Costa got away with what he did, that we go into half-time with a red card and he stays on the pitch. They (referees) are professional people, and they have to make the right decision.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho defended his striker, stressing that Diego Costa should be recognized for his man of the match performance, despite not scoring either of the two goals for the Blues.
“He played like he has to play and that is why you have full stadiums and you sell football to television around the world for millions and millions. Because the game has to be played like that, OK? Man of the match, for me.”
However, a slight case can be made on behalf of Costa after a picture revealed Gabriel trying to subtly kick Costa between the legs.
After Wenger called for the FA to retroactively punish Costa for goading Gabriel into a red card, the Football Association responded on Monday afternoon, charging everyone involved with the incident.
“Diego Costa has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.
“The Chelsea forward was involved in an incident with Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny in the 43rd minute of the game. He has until 6pm tomorrow [September 22] to reply.
“Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.
“Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision by the panel must be unanimous.”
The FA also announced the for his part in the incident, despite Arsenal appealing the Brazilian’s red card, Gabriel has been charged with improper conduct.
“Arsenal defender Gabriel has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour following his dismissal, whilst team-mate Santi Cazorla has been warned for his behaviour following his sending off.”
The FA concluded their statement by announcing that both clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal have been charged for failure to control their players and have until Thursday September 24th at 6pm to respond and appeal the aforementioned charges.
“Finally, both clubs have been charged for failing to control their players under FA Rule E20.”
“Both clubs and Gabriel have until 6pm on Thursday [September 24] to reply.”