Diego Costa Charged With Violent Conduct

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association following his side’s win over Arsenal on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Spanish international put his hands in the face of Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny prior to clashing with Gunners’ defender Gabriel Paulista, who was sent off.

The incident with Koscielny was missed by match officials but caught on video.

The FA has also charged Gabriel with improper conduct and both clubs with failing to control their players.

FA Statement

An FA statement said: “Diego Costa has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

“The Chelsea forward was involved in an incident with Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny in the 43rd minute of the game. He has until 6pm tomorrow [September 22] to reply.

“Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.

“Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision by the panel must be unanimous.

“Arsenal defender Gabriel has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour following his dismissal, whilst team-mate Santi Cazorla has been warned for his behaviour following his sending off.

“Finally, both clubs have been charged for failing to control their players under FA Rule E20.”

Costa has until 20:00HRS on Tuesday, 22 September to respond to the charge, while Gabriel and both clubs have until 20:00HRS EAT on Thursday, 24 September to reply.

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