Chelsea striker Diego Costa has received a three-game suspension after the English Football Association charged and found him with violent conduct.
Costa, 26, was charged with violent conduct after a situation with Laurent Koscielny in Chelsea’s match against Arsenal on Saturday. Referee Mike Dean missed the incident but video shows Costa putting his arms and hands in Koscielny’s face along with chest bumping him to the ground.
The FA released the following statement on Tuesday on their website:
“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].”
Following the incident with Koscielny, Costa got into a spat with Gabriel Paulista where the two Brazilian-born players exchanged some heated words and a couple of shoves. Gabriel took a cheap shot at Costa as play resumed and was given a straight red by Dean. Arsenal filed a wrongful dismissal claim with the FA which was upheld, meaning that Gabriel will not be suspended. He is still under investigation for improper conduct, after failing to leave the pitch right away after he was sent off.
Costa will miss Chelsea’s Capital One Cup clash with Walsall on Wednesday along with league games against Newcastle United and Southampton.