Chelsea’s Diego Costa given three-match ban for violent conduct

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been handed a three-match ban for violent conduct in the Capital One Cup semi-final against Liverpool, as reported by the FA.

The Spanish international was guilty of a stamp on Liverpool defender Emre Can in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final, and failed upon his initial appeal. He wasn’t, however, prosecuted for his stamp on Reds defender Martin Skrtel.

Costa’s conduct on Can wasn’t seen by match officials, but was pulled up following viewing of the footage, so his ban comes under the retrospective action.

An Independent Regulatory Commission found him guilty of violent conduct and gave him three three-match ban as a result. He will be out of action for Chelsea’s title-race six-pointer against Manchester City on the weekend, their trip to face Aston Villa, and their home tie against Everton.

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