Does anyone remember Chelsea’s game against Stoke on Saturday? Of course you do, it was yet another humiliating loss for the Blues.
Does anyone also remember Ryan Shawcross’ blatant elbow to the face of Diego Costa? Probably not, the incident seems to have been well and truly swept under the carpet by the usually savage media.
Well, let's see if we can jog your memory. Scroll down for the video of the incident.
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Now, in my book that’s about as blatant a red card you’ll ever see. The ball has already been passed by Costa, yet Shawcross fails to divert his run and quite clearly and deliberately shoves his arm into the jaw of the Chelsea striker.
Imagine if the Englishman was on the end of a lashing out like that from Costa. The nation would be in uproar about what a disgraceful player he is and how he should be sent to jail and banned from football for life.
Quite astonishingly, however, the incident failed to even make Sky Sports’ post-match analysis, where cousins Frank Lampard and Jamie Redknapp looked at ‘fiery’ moments in the match and somehow managed to exclude this one.
Similarly, co-commentator Niall Quinn made very little fuss over the clash, whereas in Chelsea’s previous tie against Liverpool, BT Sport commentators suggested retrospective action could be taken against Costa when he fell on Martin Skrtel and seemingly tapped the defender’s belly button with his stud (shown below).
There’s no doubt Costa’s reputation puts him under unfair pressure from the media, which in turn takes the attention away from more serious misconducts from other ‘innocent’ players.
A perfect example of this was Chelsea’s fixture against Arsenal earlier in the season. The Spaniard was handed a three-match ban for ‘violent conduct’, whereas ‘victim’ Gabriel had his red card rescinded despite a clear kick out at the Spaniard.
However, the media portrayed that Costa was the bully and Gabriel was the innocent school kid who had no option but to defend himself - and the FA bought into it.
Similarly, Shawcross will receive absolutely no punishment for his strike on Costa because the media aren’t bothered about it.
But why? Because Costa deserves it? Because it doesn’t make as big of a story?
Hilariously, however, just minutes after the game, Sky Sports broke the story that Costa had been accused of assaulting a steward during the match.
Here's the terrible crime:
Sky Sports valued this of more importance than the only actual assault that happened on the day, which was Shawcross on Costa. He deserves it, though, doesn’t he...