DIEGO COSTA insists he is unfairly “targeted” by referees and other players in the Premier League.
The Chelsea striker scored the late winner over West Ham on Monday night but could easily have seen red for a lunge on goalkeeper Adrian.
The volatile hitman, who was sent off once and booked 11 times last season, got another yellow just 19 minutes into the league opener at Stamford Bridge.
But despite the evidence, he believes officials and opponents have it in for him.
He told ESPN Brazil: “I’ll be honest, I am targeted here, by the referees, the people. If I do something, it’s totally different than if any other players do.
“It needs to be seen, that people targeted me.
“It’s something I have to deal with and I ask God that these things don’t disturb me and don’t take the sequence of the games from me, which happens sometimes and gives me suspensions.
“I am aware of the new dissent law now. The second time I went to talk to the referee, he showed me the yellow card.
“I even found it a bit weird, but then I understood.
“I went to apologise at half-time and that’s it.”