Diego Costa was given a retrospective ban following our controversial loss against Chelsea earlier this season, and the FA have now revealed the details of his suspension, as reported by the Express.
Costa was his usual aggressive self during our trip to Stamford Bridge, and was the centre of all the controversy. He was the catalyst that got Gabriel Paulista wrongfully dismissed, and was throwing his arms around like a madman – catching Laurent Koscielny in the face twice.
Jose Mourinho has revealed his disappointment that Costa was handed a ban, and has been complaining and whining ever since – reigniting the feud between Arsene Wenger and himself in the process.
As the report suggests, Chelsea claim “the analysis of two of The FA refereeing experts should be discounted”.
“The incident in question cannot be fairly described as violent conduct”.
Although the retrospective ban does little to remedy the fact that we were robbed of all three points that day, it was still a bonus to see Costa get his comeuppance.
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The FA claim they “did not concur with various aspects of Mr. Diego Costa’s opinion” and went on to say: “The incident occurred away from the flow of the match ball; that his arm was pulled back and struck the opposing player who was behind him in the head and concluded this action of the arm was an act of violent conduct.”
Something really needs to be done about the system currently in place, as games being ruined by poor officiating are becoming commonplace in the Premier League. Video technology has to be utilised better, or we will continue to see moments like these.
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Hopefully the introduction of more technology will also discourage the likes of Diego Costa playing like ill disciplined cheats, and see a rise in the quality of the football played.