Diego Costa’s brother has revealed the Chelsea striker has always struggled to control his temper on the football pitch.
The Brazil-born Spain international has been involved in countless altercations over recent years - with both Atletico Madrid and Chelsea - and is currently serving a three-match suspension after being found guilty of violent conduct during the Blues’ 2-0 win over Arsenal last weekend.
But the striker’s controversial on-pitch behaviour has come as no surprise to Jair Costa, who doesn’t sound particularly optimistic that his brother’s conduct will improve.
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"This isn't something new. It's the same old story," Jair told The Sun on Sunday, according to the Mirror. "It's hard for Diego to change a habit of a lifetime. He always loses his temper easily and ends up in fights when he plays football.
"As brothers we've always been close but always fought over football because we were so passionate about trying to be better than the other.
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"He never wants to be beaten and as a child if his team lost or he disagreed with a foul, he would fly into a rage ending up in scraps with his opponent."
Diego Costa is becoming a liability
At times this season, Costa has looked more focused on winding up his opponents and causing fights than scoring goals.
The 26-year-old has scored one goal in his opening six Premier League appearances of the 2015-16 campaign, as Chelsea languish inside the bottom half of the table.
Costa was also involved in various altercations last season and was banned for three matches back in January for stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can.
Chelsea fans could be forgiven if they felt Costa was becoming something of a liability: a player far too pre-occupied with football’s dark arts, rather than devoting himself to scoring goals.
Last year, Costa netted 20 Premier League goals in 26 matches as Chelsea won the title for the first time since 2010.
Costa also proved that, when focused, he’s one of the best strikers in the world.
But it’s just a shame he consistently allows his short temper to get the better of him.
Chelsea fans: would you sell Diego Costa for a more reliable striker - one with less of a short fuse? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!