FA Confirm Diego Costa’s Chelsea Ban For Violent Conduct Has Been Upheld

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Costa and Chelsea had attempted to appeal the FA charge.

Chelsea’s Diego Costa will serve a three match ban for violent conduct following his stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can in the Capital One Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge.

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The Blues forward, along with the backing of his club, had attempted to appeal the FA charge last night but the governing body have thrown out his rebuttal.

The Spanish international will begin his ban immediately under the FA’s new fast track banning policy, and will be unavailable for Chelsea’s crucial Premier League tie against Manchester City this weekend.

In a statement released on their website the FA said:

“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 on Friday 30 January 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 27 January 2015.

“The incident was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.”

Costa’s ban will now see him miss the Blues next three games against Manchester City, Aston Villa and Everton.

The striker was involved in a number of incidents during the League Cup semi-final on Tuesday night and was also lucky to escape punishment for another apparent stamp on Martin Skrtel later in the same match.

He’s been truly exceptional since his summer move however, and time will now tell whether the Blues can handle the former Atletico Madrid man’s absence.

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