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Diego Costa set to escape ban for Martin Skrtel kick

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The Football Association are ready to give Diego Costa an unlikely reprieve by clearing him of improper conduct following his antics against Liverpool on Saturday, reports the Mail.

Chelsea's controversial striker caused a familiar stink at Stamford Bridge when he appeared to kick out at Martin Skrtel after the pair went down together under pressure.

Replays showed clear intent from Costa to inflict some kind of damage on his opponent and Skrtel did well to keep cool. However, those same replays also showed referee Mark Clattenburg staring right at the incident.

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He is believed to have included the incident in his report and will tell the FA that he made a decision not to punish Costa. That takes further action out of the equation with disciplinary chiefs happy to accept Clattenburg's call.

Part of the reason for the call is the fact that both players regularly use their aggression to make an impact on the game. Indeed, Skrtel had earlier caught Costa on the face with a flailing arm and the Brazilian did not cause a fuss.

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Costa has already served a three-match ban earlier this season after throwing an arm in the face of Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny. There was also evidence that he had scratched Gabriel Paulista.

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Another ban would have seen him ruled out of Chelsea's next four games, with the extra game added because of his previous misdemeanours. However, it looks as if he has dodged a bullet.

After scoring just two Premier League goals in nine starts, he may miss Chelsea's next few games anyway, but only because Loic Remy is threatening to take his place.

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