Diego Costa will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a charge of violent conduct against him was found proven by an independent regulatory commission today (Friday)said a statement issued by the Football Association. This means that the Brazil-born Spanish striker will miss Chelsea's game against EPL title rivals, Manchester City on Saturday and subsequent games against Aston Villa and Everton. The semifinal second-leg of the Capital One Cup was closely watched by thousands of Liverpool and Chelsea fans after the first-leg ended in a 1-1 draw. There were a lot of action and controversy in the game which Chelsea won 1-0 [2-1 on aggregate], thanks to Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time header.
Chelsea's start striker, Diego Costa was awarded a three-match ban for his ankle stamping incident on Liverpool midfielder, Emre Can in the semi-final second leg of the Capital One Cup between the two teams. The incident happened when both Costa and Can were vying for the ball. Though officials failed to catch the incident live, television cameras caught it. It was in the 12th minute it happened, as Costa seemed to deliberately land on the ankle of a floored Emre Can. Chelsea's boss, Jose Mourinho defended the incident saying that the act was "purely accidental". He further said that there was a "clear campaign" against Chelsea and that the ban of Costa only confirmed it. The Football Association has dismissed Mourinho's comments reiterating the incident as a violent conduct from the part of Diego Costa.