After being charged with violent conduct by the English Football Association, Chelsea striker Diego Costa is said to be contesting the charges.
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The Press Association in the UK claim that Costa will fight the charges, he has until 1 p.m. ET on Thursday to file an appeal, and he has the full backing of Chelsea Football Club to do so as.
Costa is aiming to avoid a possible three-game ban at a pivotal part of the season which could rule him out of Chelsea’s monster clash with Manchester City on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET and online via Live Extra).
The 26-year-old Spaniard was charged retrospectively after footage which showed him appearing to stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can during Chelsea’s 1-0 League Cup semifinal win on Tuesday. The incident, along with another alleged stamp by Costa on Martin Skrtel, was reviewed by an FA panel on Wednesday and Costa was given 24 hours to respond to his charge.
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Costa was not cautioned by referee Michael Oliver during the game but after all four officials revealed they did not see the incident live, they were given the chance to view it again in accordance with League Cup laws and Costa was duly charged. All of this comes just hours before the biggest Premier League game of the season as Chelsea host Man City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. A win for the Blues would put Jose Mourinho’s men eight-points clear of City at the top of the table.
If reports that Costa will contest the charge are true, then a decision will be made on Friday as the FA will fast-track his request to make sure he is either available or unavailable for Chelsea’s game against City on Saturday.