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  1. Chelsea striker Diego Costa pleads innocence over stamping incident

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    Chelsea striker Diego Costa insists there was no malicious intent behind the stamp on Emre Can which earned him a three-match ban from the Football Association.

    The 26-year-old was suspended for three games for violent conduct by the FA after an independent regulatory commission on Friday ruled he deliberately stamped on the ankle of the Liverpool midfielder in Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg.

    Costa says he accepts and respects the punishment, but stresses he did not set out to hurt his opponent.

    "As far as what happened on Tuesday, the main thing is when I get home I can go…

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