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Costa Charged For Violent Conduct

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is facing up to three games suspension for the situation that occurred the game against Arsenal on Saturday.

Costa, 26, had an incident with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny late in the first half. The English Football Association will now look into the situation as referee Mike Dean failed to see the situation. The FA released the following statement on their website on Monday:

“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 [Tuesday 22 September 2015] 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.”

Costa put his arms and hands in the face of Koscielny and followed it up with a chest bump that put Koscielny to the ground. In the following scrum, Gabriel paulista came in and started arguing and shoving with Costa. Both players received a yellow card for that situation and as play continued, Gabriel took a cheapshot at Costa, kicking him in the shins, resulting in Gabriel getting sent off. Gabriel has also been charged and can face additional punishment.

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