Diego Costa avoids FA punishment, until Thursday

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Chelsea bad boy Diego Costa will not face any punishment over an alleged gesture he made in the direction of Everton fans after his red card in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park.

However, Costa has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to a separate misconduct charge, which relates to his behaviour towards referee Michael Oliver after his dismissal.

Costa, who has an automatic one-match ban for being sent off, is likely to receive a further one or two-game suspension.

It could have been much worse for the striker had more been made of two other issues.

Costa seemed to bite Gareth Barry on the pitch, sparking calls for a hefty Suarez-like punishment.

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However, Barry denied that he had been bitten, which helped Costa immensely.

Costa also appeared to spit in the direction of the referee after receiving his first yellow card, but this was not highlighted by the major media.

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