Diego Costa will serve a three match ban with immediate effect after being found guilty of violent conduct for stamping on Emre Can in Chelsea’s Capital One Cup tie with Liverpool, reports the FA.com.
The ban, which was handed out by an independent hearing, means that Chelsea will be without Costa for the crucial clash with Manchester City.
Costa, with full backing from the club, contested the decision before the Thursday's 6pm deadline, meaning that this decision is now final.
The incident was not seen by match officials, but was caught on video as the FA had to wait for the referee's report to clarify if he had seen the stamp.
The ruling comes days after Mourinho was handed a £25,000 fine for bringing the game into disrepute after his comments about a ‘campaign’ against Chelsea.
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The wrong decision?
In hindsight Costa’s decision to contest the ban was ill advised as the decision cannot be appealed, but a number of ex-professionals believe that the Chelsea forward should not have been charged retrospectively.
Paul Scholes used his column in the Independent to say that he ‘saw it differently to most’.
Suggesting that Costa is a reactive player to others misdemeanours would certainly be classified as seeing things different to most people.
“My view of it was that Costa gets kicked a lot and actually his patience is to be admired in many, if not all situations,” wrote Scholes in the Independent.
Thierry Henry tweeted that, although Costa should have been sent off he should not have been retrospectively punished in his opinion.
Gary Neville believed that because he does’t look at the Can an it is impossible to prove intent, Costa should have been let off the charge.