Chelsea will be without star striker Diego Costa for their next three Premier League games after the English FA handed him an extra one-game ban.
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Costa, 27, was found guilty of improper conduct by the FA for his actions after receiving a red card in the FA Cup game between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on Mar. 12.
He came together with Gareth Barry following a tackle and put his head towards the player and was shown a red card, but failed to leave the field of play immediately which has seen the FA tack on an extra game to his suspension.
Due to his red card Costa was already out of Chelsea’s trip to Aston Villa this Saturday (Watch live, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) but he will now miss their trip to Swansea City on Apr. 9 and against Manchester City on Apr. 16.
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Below is the statement from the FA, as Costa has now received three retrospective bans during his two seasons playing in the Premier League.
Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Thursday (31 March 2016), Chelsea’s Diego Costa has been given a one-match suspension, fined £20,000 and warned as to his future conduct.
The forward admitted a charge of improper conduct in relation to his behaviour after he was shown a second yellow card in The FA Cup Sixth Round tie on 12 March 2016 at Goodison Park.
This suspension will follow immediately on the conclusion of the player’s current ban
His bad boy reputation often precedes him as he is targeted by opponents but for most of this season Costa has handled himself well.
In this particular incident he appeared to put his mouth near Barry’s face and many believed he had bitten the Everton man, but Barrry confirmed that was not the case and Costa didn’t face any further punishment for that.
That said, Chelsea must now do without their leading goalscorer for the next three games and Bertrand Traore or Loic Remy will likely get promoted to the starting spot.