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FA awaits referee report on Diego Costa stamping incidents


Referee Michael Oliver will make the decision on whether Diego Costa should be charged with violent conduct over either of this two apparent stamps during Chelsea's 1-0 win against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup.

The Football Association is aware of the controversy at the match and is waiting for Oliver's report.

Oliver will be asked by the FA whether he or any of the officials saw the incident and if they did not, then to judge from video replays whether either of the incidents were straight red-card offenses.

If the referee believes either was a red-card offense then the Spain international will be charged with violent conduct and dealt with under the fast-track system.

It would mean that if he is found guilty any three-match ban would see Costa miss Chelsea's game against title rivals Manchester City at the weekend and the matches against Everton and Aston Villa – and there is no right of appeal.

It is understood, however, that it is unlikely he will face two violent conduct charges.

As the Capital One Cup is a Football League competition, the disciplinary process differs slightly from a Premier League match where a three-man panel of former referees would decide whether he should be charged.

Costa was accused by Liverpool of stamping on Emre Can at Stamford Bridge and then a further stamp on Martin Skrtel.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that both stamps were "absolutely accidental".


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  1. Bishopville Red

    January 28, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Nothing will come of this. The FA are notoriously soft when it comes to retroactive justice.


  2. CTBlues

    January 28, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Too bad it wasn’t below zero during the game so he could say his feet were numb and didn’t know he stepped on him.

  3. Martin J.

    January 28, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Costa is not the only one who stomps on other players and it seems to be what lots of other players do and make it look unintentional. They should stomp out this type of behavior and should start by banning Costa for at least 3 games. He did it twice last night.

    You know Costa was guilty on stomping on Can when Mourinho got into it with Can to take the spotlight away from Costa. Very clever move by Mourinho who knew it was a sending off offence and diverted the official’s attention to him rather than on Costa.

  4. yespage

    January 28, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Once again, a Chelsea v Liverpool match where an obvious red card goes uncalled.

  5. jtm371

    January 28, 2015 at 8:57 am

    You can take the thug away from Simone but you can’t take the Simone out of the thug. Dirty play no room in the game for that crap. 3 to 5 match suspension.

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