Diego Costa has been charged with improper conduct following his red card against Everton in their FA Cup clash on Saturday.
The FA has revealed that the striker’s behaviour after being shown a second yellow card amounted to improper conduct, not the alleged bite on Gareth Barry.
Costa squared up to referee Michael Oliver after being shown the red card after clashing with Everton’s Barry.
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The striker has until 6pm on Thursday 17th March 2016 to respond to the charge.
Meanwhile, Costa has until Wednesday to provide his evidence to the FA for an alleged gesture he made towards Everton fans while leaving the pitch at half-time.
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Costa had been shown a yellow card earlier in the match for a clash with Barry and was shown a second yellow after he reacted to a tackle from the Everton midfielder.
During the altercation, Costa appeared to bite the neck of his opponent but both players denied that was the case and Costa will not face any punishment for that.
Barry also later saw red after he kicked out at Cesc Fabregas.
“Seen a lot of talk about the incident involving me and Diego Costa in the game last night,” Barry wrote on his social media account, as per The Telegraph. “For the record Diego did not bite me."
Barry's comments may well have got Costa out of a hefty ban with the FA issuing previous biter Luis Suarez with an eight-match suspension after he bit Branislav Ivanovic.
But after being dismissed, Costa refused to leave the pitch immediately, choosing to argue with Oliver, something the FA have deemed to warrant an improper conduct charge.
Remarkably, it was the first red card of the hot-headed striker's Chelsea career.
If found guilty, Costa could face an increase to his automatic one-match ban for his sending-off.
It's another blow for the Blues in their disappointing campaign.
Costa struggled in the first-half of the season under former manager Jose Mourinho but, since the arrival of caretaker manager Guus Hiddink, he has been in magnificent goalscoring form.
Costa’s Chelsea side lost the match 2-0 after their former striker Romelu Lukaku bagged a brace to effective end the West London club’s season.
The defeat meant that Chelsea crashed out of two competitions in the space of four days after suffering a 4-2 aggregate defeat to Paris Saint-Germain last Wednesday.
Guus Hiddink's men are tenth in the Premier League and stand very little chance of qualifying for a European completion with just nine matches remaining.
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