Chelsea are preparing to demand an arbitration hearing if they are left unsatisfied with the Football Association's report on their decision to hand a retrospective three-match ban to Diego Costa.
The striker is set to miss games against Walsall, Newcastle United and Southampton after being found guilty of violent conduct following a clash with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.
Stamford Bridge officials are furious with the decision, made worse by the fact that Gabriel Paulista's red card was rescinded. The Gunners centre-back was sent off after kicking out at Costa, but an independent commission concluded that referee Mike Dean was wrong.
SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250 word test article: https://gms.to/haveyoursay5
While the decision was confirmed on Tuesday, Chelsea are still awaiting the official report on why it was made. Until then, they will not make a statement, but a report in the Telegraph claims that they are preparing to take matters further.
Arbitration is one option. It would require Chelsea and the FA to assemble a three-man panel, choosing one member each, with a chairman to be agreed upon by both parties. They would then review the decision again.
West Ham took advantage of rule K8 in February 2014 when the Hammers were left feeling comparatively aggrieved by the FA's decision to hand Andy Carroll a three-match ban after an incident involving Swansea City's Chico Flores.
They lost the appeal, but Chelsea are confident of getting Costa's ban overturned in the same circumstances. As previously mentioned, such a request will only be launched if Chelsea are not happy with the FA's reasons for suspending their striker.
Is there any point?
But with Costa set to serve the first of his three-game ban tonight, Chelsea are unable to completely rescind the consequences of the decision.
With written reasons not expected to arrive at the club until the end of the week, the appeal may not take effect for Saturday's trip to Newcastle either.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms