Diego Costa charged

Anyetei jpDiego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association following his clash with Emre Can in Chelsea’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg win over Liverpool.

The striker’s apparent stamp on the Liverpool defender was missed by match officials and reviewed on video on Wednesday.

Costa has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge, but faces no action for a similar incident involving Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel later in the match.

An FA statement read: “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 Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge last night (Tuesday, January 27 2015).

“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 faces the prospect of a three-match ban, which would rule him out of Saturday’s Premier League title showdown with Manchester City as well as matches against Everton and Aston Villa. There is no right of appeal. The incident happened in close proximity to the dugouts, but was missed by the officials.

As the Capital One Cup is a Football League competition, the disciplinary process differs slightly from a Premier League match where a three-man panel of former referees would decide whether he should be charged.

Referee Michael Oliver was asked by the FA whether he or any of the officials saw the incident and, as they did not, footage was reviewed to determine if a sending-off offence had occurred.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourin-ho, who earlier on Wednesday was fined £25,000 for claiming there was a “clear campaign” against Chelsea, has insisted that both stamps were “absolutely accidental”.

If Costa denies the charge, the appeal will be heard today and he would require the appeal commission to side with him in order to face City.

Either way, there will be a resolution before tomorrow’s contest at Stamford Bridge. — Sportinglife

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