Everton manager Roberto Martinez has warned Chelsea striker Diego Costa to improve his behaviour after he was involved in a number of confrontations during the the London club’s win at Goodison Park on Saturday, reports the Guardian.
Martinez was particularly unhappy with the incident which followed Chelsea’s third goal, with Costa appearing to taunt the Irishman after he inadvertently turned Eden Hazard’s cross into his own net. It led Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard to confront Costa, for which the American was shown a yellow card.
After the game, Martinez warned the 25-year-old that he must learn the ‘ethics’ of playing in the Premier League. He said: “I think there are certain foreign players who, when they come to the Premier League, they need to understand the ethics.
“It is a completely different culture and the last thing you want to be is disrespectful from a player to another player, even if he is on the opposing team. I am sure he will learn that very quickly. The last thing I would do myself is fall into a trap and be disrespectful that way.
“There is a real respect in the league and you can understand why the players weren’t happy with that (the reaction to the own goal), the same way he was trying to win free-kicks with the way he was playing. It is going to take a little bit of time to understand this league is quite different and unique and it needs players to adapt to it rather than the league adapting to them.”
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