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Diego Costa charged with violent conduct by the FA, likely to miss Man City game

The striker found guilty of stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can during last night’s League Cup clash.

Image: Scott Heppell/AP/Press Association Images

PREMIER LEAGUE LEADERS Chelsea look set to be without leading goalscorer Diego Costa for their crucial clash with Manchester City this weekend.

The striker has been charged by the Football Association for violent conduct against Liverpool’s Emre Can in the side’s thrilling League Cup semi-final second leg clash at Stamford Bridge last night.

The FA released the following statement on its website:

“Diego Costa has been charged by The FA for violent conduct following an on-field incident which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

The charge is in relation to an incident involving the Chelsea forward and Liverpool’s Emre Can which occurred in the 12th minute of the League Cup semi-final second leg last night [Tuesday 27 January 2015].

The player has until 6pm on Thursday 29 January 2015 to respond to the charge.

Following a review of an incident during the game involving Costa and Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel, The FA will not be taking any further action.”

An appeal is expected and the independent FA Commission is likely to sit on Friday to determine whether Costa will receive the usual three-game ban or if the punishment will be reduced.

As per the FA statement, Costa was also involved in an alleged stamping incident with Martin Skrtel later in the game though it’s been deemed an accidental collision.

Michael Oliver, the referee who took charge of last night’s spicy affair, confirmed to the FA that he had not seen the incidents. But, according to The Guardian, when asked what punishment he would’ve given had he done so, he acknowledged Costa’s stamp on Can was worthy of a red card for violent conduct.

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