Costa out of Man City clash: Chelsea striker loses banned for three matches

first_img1 Diego Costa Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been hit with a three-match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct.The Football Association has announced that an independent regulatory commission ruled that Costa deliberately stamped on the ankle of Liverpool midfielder Emre Can in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup semi-final second legThe Spaniard will now miss Saturday’s Premier League title clash with Manchester City, as well as games against Aston Villa and Everton.The clash, which occurred in front of the Stamford Bridge dug-outs, was missed by the match officials and was deemed to be ‘accidental’ by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.But the FA decided to take retrospective action after referee Michael Oliver viewed footage of the incident.Costa duly contested the charge on Thursday, but on Friday was found guilty and suspended with immediate effect.A FA statement read: “Diego Costa will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a charge of violent conduct against him was found proven by an independent regulatory commission today (Friday, January 30, 2015).“The Chelsea forward had denied the charge in relation to an on-field incident involving Liverpool’s Emre Can which occurred in the 12th minute of the League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.“The incident was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.”The 26-year-old’s absence against Manchester City will come as a huge blow to Mourinho.Costa has been outstanding since his summer arrival from Atletico Madrid, and is the Premier League’s top marksman with 17 goals.The Blues, five points clear of City heading into Saturday’s clash, could also be without Cesc Fabregas.The Spanish midfielder limped out of the win against Liverpool with a hamstring injury and is in a race against time to be fit for the visit of Manuel Pellegrini’s side.last_img read more


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