Diego Costa set to contest FA's charge of violent conduct
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is set to challenge the Football Association (FA)’s decision to charge him on account of his violent conduct during the second semi-final of the Capital One Cup against Liverpool on Tuesday. Costa has also got complete backing from his club to go ahead with the decision.
The 26-year-old former Atletico Madrid striker could be banned for three matches after having been accused of apparently stamping on Liverpool midfielder Emre Can during the match and if the ban does get imposed, he will miss the League Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium on the 1st of March.
Chelsea won the highly-charged encounter 1-0 and progressed through to the finals of the competition thanks to a 2-1 aggregate win.
“Referees must be vigilant in matches involving him”
Former Premier League official Mark Hasley said that the Spaniard’s aggressive streak is what makes him the player that he is and match officials must be alert when they are heading into games involving him.
"There's a side of Costa that we don't want in our game. Aggression is what makes him the great player he is. But he has that bit of devil in him. Referees have to go into games aware of what Costa is. You know when Costa goes into a challenge, something could happen,” he said.