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Diego Costa charged with violent conduct by the FA

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Costa was booked by referee Mike Dean on Saturday
Costa was booked by referee Mike Dean on Saturday

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association, after his contentious display against Arsenal on Saturday.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger called on the FA to punish Costa for his battles with Gunners defenders Gabriel and Laurent Koscielny and now that demand has been greeted with a charge that is likely to result in a three-game ban for the Spanish striker.

Gabriel was sent off by referee Mike Dean for losing his cool with Costa, but the Spanish forward stayed on the field as his efforts helped Chelsea to a vital 2-0 win.

"He hits my player in the face and he always gets away with it,” fumed Wenger, as he reflected on his clash with Laurent Koscielny on the stroke of half-time.

“Why does Costa stay on the pitch? I agree Gabriel deserves to be sent off, but Costa will do the same next week and he will get away with it again. Look at the pictures, you can see what happened.

"Yes, of course (the FA should take action). They do it for everybody. Especially I would like Mike Dean to look at the whole action that happened during the game and see if he stands for his decision."

While Wenger will be pleased to see Costa punished, Chelsea boss Mourinho is likely to be fuming at the prospect of his forward being banned once more for his aggression on the field.

Mourinho clashed with reporters after the game as he was pressed on whether Costa should be punished, as he offered up this response:

Costa may well contest his FA charge, but the likely outcome is a suspension that will rule him out of action for the next few weeks.

He may have escaped with limited punishment for his aggressive display on Saturday, but it seems as if his punishment is finally about to be delivered.

Arsenal's Gabriel has also been charged with improper conduct by the FA, while both the Gunners and Chelsea face a fine after being accused by the game's governing body of failing to control their players.

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