Chelsea striker Costa hit with violent conduct charge

The Football Association has charged Chelsea striker Diego Costa with violent conduct after appearing to stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can during Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, BBC Sport is reporting.

The Spain international has until 1800 GMT on Thursday to respond to the charge, but he is now likely to miss Saturday’s crucial Premier League clash with title rivals Manchester City due to suspension, as the standard punishment for a violent conduct charge is a domestic three-match ban.

The incident involving Can took place in the 12th minute of the game at Stamford Bridge, which saw Chelsea win 1-0 after extra time and move into the final 2-1 on aggregate. The incident went unseen by referee Michael Oliver and the other officials, with Costa standing on Can’s leg as they challenged for the ball on the touchline.

Costa then went on to be involved in heated exchanged with Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard as the match became a heated affair. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believed that his player’s actions were accidental, but Reds counterpart Brendan Rodgers said: “He could easily hurdle over the young player and he directs his studs right on to his ankle, which could’ve been nasty.”

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