Chelsea striker Costa denies stamp intent

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has insisted that he did not intend to stamp on Liverpool midfielder Emre Can during Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, BBC Sport has reported.

As the duo challenged for ball on the touchline, Costa appeared to stamp on Can’s leg, a clash which went unseen by the match officials. He was later involved in heated exchanges with Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard as Chelsea eventually went on to book their place in the final thanks to Branislav Ivanovic’s extra time header.

However, the incident with Can saw Costa handed a violent conduct charge by the Football Association, which was upheld following an appeal, meaning the Spaniard must serve a three-match ban. As a result, he was forced to watch Saturday’s 1-1 draw with title rivals Manchester City from behind the dugout.

Despite the suspension, Costa maintains that he did not mean to stamp on Can and that his actions did not carry any malicious intent. “The main thing is when I get home I can go to sleep knowing that I’ve not done anything wrong,” he said. “I never meant to do that and it was not on purpose.

“It is a suspension. I have to accept that, I have to take it.” Obviously I feel sad because I’m not going to be able to help the team to play. I’m not saying I’m an angel. I’m no angel. You can see that. But every time I play I will play the same way because that’s the way I am.’

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