Former Arsenal manager George Graham believes that Diego Costa’s actions will draw attention to him from referees and he has called on the officials to clamp down on his misdemeanours, The Evening Standard reports.
Costa antagonised Gabriel after essentially assaulting Laurent Koscielny and, despite being heavily involved in a number of altercations, managed to stay on the pitch until he was withdrawn by Jose Mourinho.
Graham believes that officials will have to keep a closer eye on the Chelsea man with his antics on the pitch crossing the boundaries in terms of what the rules of the game permit.
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“I think (Costa) is going to be targeted man now by the officials and probably rightly so,” Graham was quoted as saying.
“Although you’ve got to keep that physical intensity, once you step over the mark he’s got to be dealt with by officials, it’s as simple as that – and I think he will be.”
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Graham was the creator of arguably our most physically imposing side which included the famous back four and knows all about the physical demands in English football.
It will be interesting to see if Costa is judged based on the retrospective policy available to the officials for what he did to Koscielny.
Having said that, the FA fined Jack Wilshere £40,00 for singing anti-Spurs chants (via The Guardian) which will make their potential judgement questionable.