CHELSEA STRIKER DIEGO COSTA CHARGED BY FA FOR VIOLENT CONDUCT DURING LAST SATURDAY’S LONDON DERBY
Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Arsenal defender Gabriel have both been charged by the England’s Football Association (FA) after incidents in Saturday’s bad-tempered Premier League derby at Stamford Bridge. According to the FA said on its website, “Costa had been charged with an alleged act of violent conduct” after television replays showed him catching Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny with his arm in an incident not spotted at the time by the referee.
Also, Brazilian defender Gabriel, who was sent off after tangling with Costa shortly after that incident, was charged with “improper conduct” following his red card.
Spain international Costa has until 1700 GMT on Tuesday to respond to the charges while Gabriel has until 1700 GMT on Thursday to respond.
Both Chelsea and Arsenal were also charged by the FA for failing to control their players.
Chelsea won the fractious game 2-0 with Arsenal ending the match with nine men after Santi Cazorla was also dismissed for a second yellow card after a foul on former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was critical of Costa after the derby, saying he is “always involved in provocation and always get away with it”.
Several other football legends and pundit has condemned the violent attitude of Diego Costa during the fierce London derby. Even Mike Dean the officiating referee has also been strongly criticized for not sending Costa off because of his several violent and improper conducst during the match.