Football

Costa slapped with 3-match ban for stamping

Chelsea striker Diego Costa was banned for three matches with immediate effect after being found guilty of a violent conduct charge, the Football Association announced on Friday (Jan 30).

The Spain international was suspended after a regulatory commission ruled he had stamped on the ankle of Liverpool’s Emre Can in the 12th minute of Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge, which Chelsea won 1-0 to complete a 2-1 aggregate victory.

The former Atletico Madrid man was also accused of stamping on Reds defender Martin Skrtel, although he was not charged for the incident.

Watch the two incidents below:

There is no right of appeal and Costa will now miss the Premier League leaders Chelsea’s match at home to title rivals Manchester City on Saturday (1.30am Sunday, Singapore time) and subsequent games against Aston Villa and Everton.

- AFP

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