Diego Costa: Five crazy moments from the Chelsea forward

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Diego Costa was embroiled in further controversy following Chelsea's 1-0 defeat to Stoke City on Saturday evening.

The Spanish striker, who is never far from trouble, was reported by a steward at the Britannia Stadium for an alleged 'assault'.

Having seen the footage, it seems the man in question made a meal of the 'altercation' with the Blues forward. However, it is just the latest issue in a long list of problems for the troubled striker.


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Chelsea have branded the claims 'utter nonsense' and on first look it does seem the steward's claims of 'assault' are unsubstantial.

But following the game, that also saw the Brazilian-born Spain international taunt Ryan Shawcross for smelling, it got us thinking: what are the five most controversial incidents of the 27-year-old's career?


During Chelsea's Capital One Cup semi-final win over Liverpool, where Branislav Ivanovic headed an extra-time winner, Costa was in the thick of the action.

The Blues striker was involved in a constant tussle with Martin Skrtel throughout the game but overstepped the mark when he stamped on the Slovakian. 

He also left his mark on German midfielder Emre Can and was retrospectively banned by the FA for three matches.


During the Stamford Bridge club's 2-0 win over Arsenal at the beginning of the season, Costa was up to his old tricks. 

Mourinho branded the forward 'Man of the Match' after his display, but, in truth, the striker spent more time trying to pick a fight than actually playing the game. 

Having taken two swipes at Laurent Koscielny, before chest-bumping him to the ground, Arsenal defender Gabriel came to support his teammate. 

Both Gabriel and Costa were yellow carded before the Brazilian defender was sent off moments later for an alleged stamp on the striker. In truth, Costa completely conned referee Mike Dean.


At the beginning of the 2014/15 season when Chelsea were at their free-flowing best, the Blues travelled to Everton to play out a nine-goal thriller.

Seamus Coleman scored an own goal to put the west London club 3-1 ahead and Costa taunted the Irish defender as he carried the ball back to the starting line-up.

Tim Howard took offence and went charging towards the Spain international. The American stopper was carded for his actions, and just three games into his Chelsea career it was a sign of things to come for Costa.


Costa's earnt a reputation as one of the most brutal strikers in La Liga during his time with Atletico Madrid. However, in a game against Levante, Mohamed Sissoko was in no mood for his 'games'.

After some jostling, the Spaniard tried to headbutt Sissoko before the former Liverpool defender landed a sucker punch from behind. 


There is no video footage of this moment, but during the 2012/13 season Atletico Madrid faced Viktoria Plzen in a Europa League clash.

Los Rojiblancos went on to lose the game 1-0 and Costa was sent off for headbutting David Limbersky. He was handed a four-match ban.

Costa's career has been blighted by incidents that were so easily avoidable. Last season, when he scored 20 goals to help Chelsea to the Premier League title, his actions could be forgiven. 

But given the Blues' struggles this campaign, his activities could become a hindrance for Jose Mourinho and his side.

It would be a shock to see the 'assault' claims amount to anything, but as sure as eggs are eggs, Costa will find himself back in the headlines in the not too distant future.

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