Diego Costa defends stamp despite Chelsea ban

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Diego Costa has defended his actions in the 1-0 League Cup semi-final, second leg victory over Liverpool last week.

The Spanish international striker has been handed a three-match ban by the Football Association for an apparent stamp on Emre Can in the clash at Stamford Bridge, and sat out the first of those matches yesterday (Saturday) as the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw against Manchester City.

Harshly treated?

Costa will also miss matches against Aston Villa and Everton in the coming fortnight, but he clearly believes he has been harshly treated following the incident against the Reds - which went unpunished on the night.

"The main thing is when I get home I can go to sleep knowing that I've not done anything wrong," he told the Daily Telegraph.

"I never meant to do that and it was not on purpose."

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Costa has built a reputation for playing on the edge since arriving in the Premier League, riling opposition players - notably Tim Howard in a clash at Goodison Park - and fans with his robust performances.

His physical presence and strength have certainly helped him settle into English football much quicker than others have before him though, with the former Atletico Madrid hitman notching 17 times in 19 league appearances this season.

Sad situation

He'll have to wait to add to that tally however, and whilst Costa has accepted the punishment handed down to him, the 26-year-old admits he feels sad at the whole situation.

"It is a suspension. I have to accept that, I have to take it. Obviously I feel sad because I'm not going to be able to help the team to play," he added in the same interview.

"I'm not saying I'm an angel. I'm no angel. You can see that. But every time I play I will play the same way because that's the way I am.

Bread and butter

"That's what I need to do in order to support my family. That's my bread and butter. Also, that's what I need to do for this club and for the fans of this club, for the supporters and for all the people involved in this club."

In his absence, replacement Loic Remy opened the scoring, before a Sergio Aguero equaliser made the scores level in west London.

The Frenchman will hope to capitalise on the absence of his teammate at Chelsea in the coming fixtures, but once Costa is available to Jose Mourinho once again, he'll expect to come straight back into the team.

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