Diego Costa is facing an extended ban after FA have charged the Chelsea striker with improper conduct following his actions after being sent off against Everton on Saturday.
FA confirmed the news on their website, where they explained the reason of the recent charges laid on the Spaniard. According to The FA, Chelsea striker’s reaction after seeing the red card was unacceptable.
Add to that, Costa made a gesture towards the Everton fans while going off, which was further seen as an act of improper conduct.
— The FA (@FA) March 14, 2016
Costa has until Thursday, 17 March to appeal FA’s decision, while he has to clarify his action against the Everton fans on or before Wednesday, 16 March.
FA released a statement on their website which read: “It is alleged his behaviour, after being shown a second yellow card in the game, amounted to improper conduct.
“He has until 6pm on Thursday 17 March 2016 to respond to the charge.
Meanwhile, the Chelsea striker has until Wednesday [16 March 2016] to provide his observations to The FA in relation to an alleged gesture he made towards Everton supporters while leaving the pitch at half-time.”
Good news for Chelsea is that the striker has been cleared of any lengthy ban after FA decided not to charge the Spaniard for his alleged bite on Gareth Barry. FA too Barry’s explanation as the final verdict and have decided to shut that investigation down.
According to the initial buzz, Costa looks set to be banned for two matches including the automatic one game ban after seeing a red card. If charges are proved, Costa could be ruled out for Chelsea’s two Premier League games vs. Aston Villa and West Ham United.
Costa’s red card against Everton was his first in English football, however, he has previously served two 3-match bans for his spats with Arsenal defender Gabriel and Liverpool star Emre Can.
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