Diego Costa has been given a one-game suspension and a £20,000 fine due to his poor conduct during Chelsea’s FA Cup clash with Everton last month.
The Spaniard, who is never far from trouble, had already admitted to a charge of improper conduct in relation to his behaviour on March 12 at Goodison Park.
However, the FA have now handed out their disciplinary action which adds to his current two-match ban which follows on from his altercations with Arsenal stars Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel in September.
In turn, Costa will now miss this weekend’s clash with Aston Villa, as well as the trip to Swansea City on April 9, although he will be back in contention for the visit of Manchester City on April 16.
Nevertheless, it comes at a bad time for interim boss Guus Hiddink, with Eden Hazard and Oscar out injured, while Bertrand Traore and Willian only rejoined the squad following international duty on Friday.
That could pave the way for Alexandre Pato to make his long-awaited debut for the club on Saturday, but it remains to be seen whether or not the Brazilian is fit enough to feature.
As for Costa, it is just the latest in the line of disciplinary setbacks that he has faced in his career, and it again brings into question his temperament and how costly he can be to his teammates.
Chelsea remain in 10th place in the Premier League standings with eight games remaining, and they do still hold faint hopes of qualifying for European competition next season.
However, with Costa now sidelined for the next two games coupled with their injury woes, it may end up resulting in Hiddink’s men missing out on an opportunity to close the gap on those above them, and in the former Atletico Madrid’s case in particular, it is completely avoidable.