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Diego Costa escapes punishment for Sigurdsson push

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Diego Costa has been told there will be no further action taken by the Football Association after he lashed out at Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The Chelsea striker has been the star of the season so far, scoring seven goals in his first four Premier League games; three of which came against the Swans.

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The incident

However, the Premier League has also sampled to ugly side to Costa, who joined Chelsea in the summer for £32 million from Atletico Madrid. The Brazilian-born striker has been quick to get stuck into the physical side of the game and risked taking it too far at the weekend.

Retrospective action

During a free-kick, Costa appeared to swing his left arm in the direction of Sigurdsson, who fell to the ground clutching his face. Referee Kevin Friend saw no infringement, which opened up the door to the FA to take retrospective action.

The FA were reported to have concluded that Costa's actions would not have deserved more than a yellow card had the referee or his assistants seen the incident. In that instance, the FA can take no further action and the case has been closed.

Controversial character

Costa arrived at Stamford Bridge with a reputation as a hot head. In just eight years in La Liga, the striker amassed an incredible 68 yellow cards and seven red cards. In just four games for Chelsea, he has already got two yellows and should have had at least one more against Swansea.

At this rate, he is heading towards his first red card is inevitable.

The 25-year-old has also angered rival managers, with Roberto Martinez taking exception to his behaviour. Costa appeared to antagonise Seamus Coleman after scoring, causing outrage at Goodison Park.

"There are certain foreign players who come to the Premier League who need to understand the ethics and the culture," Martinez said after the game.

"The behaviour in the British game is unique.

Disrespect

"The last thing you want to see is disrespect from a player to another player and I am sure he will learn that very quickly.

"There is a real professionalism and respect in the league so you can understand why the players weren't happy with that, in the same way as trying to buy free-kicks with the way he plays."

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