Mousa Dembele facing 10-game ban for Diego Costa eye-gouge

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Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is facing a 10-game ban from the Football Association if he is found guilty of gouging the eye of Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

This is according to The Sun, who claim that FA chiefs are ready to come down hard on Dembele after Monday's game between the two sides descended into a violent farce.

While a number of ill-tempered encounters blighted the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, none were more violent than Dembele's attack on Costa. The Belgian appeared to twice poke Costa in the eye in an incident that went unseen by referee Mark Clattenburg.


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The FA are ready to class the infringement in the same bracket as Luis Suarez's infamous bite on Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in 2013. Then playing for Liverpool, the striker was given a 10-game ban for biting Ivanovic on the arm during open play.

As neither Clattenburg or his assistants saw the incident, the FA are free to throw the book at Dembele, possibly leaving Mauricio Pochettino without his star midfielder for the remainder of this season and a big chunk of the next campaign.

Star man

Dembele has appeared in 29 of Tottenham's Premier League games this season and is widely considered to be one of the best defensive midfielders in the division.

Although their title chances are now over, Tottenham's biggest concern will be trying to hold off Arsenal, who sit three points behind. That job has been made all the more difficult by Dembele's hot-headedness.

Escaping punishment

But Pochettino will receive one piece of good news from the FA with Erik Lamela set to escape punishment for allegedly stamping on Cesc Fabregas's hand.

The Spaniard was incensed after Lamela stepped across his fingers late in the second half, but replays appear to show little or no intent to from the Argentine.

There have also been claims that Fabregas himself played the role of chief agitator in the tunnel, apparently hitting Tottenham players in the groin and laughing at their inability to catch eventual Premier League champions Leicester.

However, with a lack of visual evidence, those claims will have to be thrown out, leaving Dembele as the only player facing a retrospective ban in a game littered with indiscretions.

Both clubs will face a charge of failing to control their players while Tottenham incurred an automatic £25,000 fine for having nine players booked. They may also be charged after travelling fans appeared to throw missiles at Eden Hazard after he scored the equalising goal.

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