Rio Ferdinand has described Diego Costa as a “petulant baby” after the Chelsea striker played his part in getting Gabriel Paulista sent off as his side beat Arsenal 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
The Spain international was initially involved in a fracas with Laurent Koscielny, with replays revealing that Costa caught the defender in the face with a flailing arm.
That angered the opposition and provoked Paulista to get involved and approach Costa, who knocked over the Brazilian when they bumped into each other.
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Referee Mike Dean then stepped in to caution the pair. But the incident didn’t stop there, and the Chelsea star was quick to highlight that he had been stepped on by his opponent just moments
Dean took it upon himself to send off Paulista, much to the disbelief of many spectators who were rubbing their eyes as he left the field, but Costa remained on.
After the game BT Sport pundit Ferdinand was less than impressed with what he saw, and is quoted – as relayed by the Daily Mirror – as saying: “Costa acts like a petulant baby. If anything happens
it’s like the end of the world.”
The sending off came at a terrible time for Arsenal, just minutes before the half-time whistle blew.
Chelsea fans will be delighted with their target man’s influence on the game as they went on to lead 1-0 courtesy of Kurt Zouma’s header, before doubling their lead late on after Santi Cazorla’s
dismissal had reduced Arsenal to nine men.
Costa seems unfased by all the talk surrounding him, and he posted the following tweet after the game:
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