Diego Costa set to miss Manchester City game after violent conduct charge

Chelsea striker has until 6pm today to appeal the FA charge

Diego Costa set to miss Manchester City game after violent conduct charge

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January 29th, 2015

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Jose Mourinho might have considered it accidental, although the FA have taken a dimmer view of Diego Costa’s studs going into the leg of Emre Can on Tuesday night.

Costa has been charged with violent conduct and has until 6pm on Thursday to respond, with the Spanish international set to be handed a three-match ban which would start against Manchester City on Saturday.

Mourinho has previously accused the media of having a campaign against Chelsea and this charge will do little to quell his suspicion that there’s an agenda when it comes to the west London club.

Costa is set to miss Saturday’s match along with games against Aston Villa and Everton as Chelsea look to keep ahead of City in the title race.

“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,” confirmed the FA.

“The charge is in relation to an incident involving the Chelsea forward and Liverpool’s Emre Can in the 12th minute of the League Cup semi-final second leg. 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.”

Costa’s ban would represent a big blow to the Premier League leaders, although the evidence seems pretty damning and Can was infuriated by this alleged stamp.

Loic Remy and Didier Drogba can deputise for the controversial striker who will at least be rested for the forthcoming Champions League double header against Paris Saint-Germain.

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