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Diego Costa handed three-match ban for violent conduct

by Tom Conn | Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The English FA have sentenced Chelsea striker Diego Costa to a three-match ban following his “violent conduct” in a win over Arsenal this past weekend.

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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 and pleaded with the FA to take retrospective action against Costa.

On Monday, the FA announced that they had charged Costa with violent conduct and Gabriel Paulista with improper conduct after the two fought during this past Saturday’s Premier League clash, resulting in Gabriel being sent off with his second yellow card.

“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.”

On Tuesday, the FA went a step further by handing down a three-match ban for Costa’s hit to the face of Koscielny, not the tussle with Gabriel.

“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].”

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