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Costa, Gabriel, Chelsea and Arsenal charged by FA after Stamford Bridge spat

Published 21/09/2015

Chelsea's Diego Costa and Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista exchange words during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London.
Chelsea's Diego Costa and Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista exchange words during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association after an incident with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny which was caught on video.

The FA has also charged Arsenal defender Gabriel with improper conduct for his behaviour after being sent off, and both Chelsea and Arsenal for failing to control their players.

Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma said he was "deeply upset" after comments he made in a television interview saying team-mate Costa "likes to cheat a lot" became headline news.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Costa should have been sent off after grappling with Laurent Koscielny, pushing the defender in the face with his hands before catching him with a flailing arm, in the first half of Chelsea's 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge - the incident was not spotted by referee Mike Dean.

The FA said in a statement: "Diego Costa has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

"The Chelsea forward was involved in an incident with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny in the 43rd minute of the game. He has until 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday) to reply.

"Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.

"Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision by the panel must be unanimous.

"Arsenal defender Gabriel has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour following his dismissal, whilst team-mate Santi Cazorla has been warned for his behaviour following his sending off.

"Finally, both clubs have been charged for failing to control their players under FA Rule E20. Both clubs and Gabriel have until 6pm on Thursday (24 September) to reply."

Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Arsenal's Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla (2nd L) reacts after being sent off during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on September 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
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Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Pedro (R) vies with Arsenal's Spanish defender Nacho Monreal (L) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on September 19, 2015. Chelsea won the game 2-0. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Chelsea supporters are seen on the stand prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Eden Hazard of Chelsea and Hector Bellerin of Arsenal compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 19, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Gary Cahill of Chelsea and Theo Walcott of Arsenal compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Eden Hazard (L) and Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea celebrate their 2-0 win in the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Francis Coquelin (C) of Arsenal receives a medical treatment during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Oscar of Chelsea and Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Arsenal's Theo Walcott (left) and Chelsea's Nemanja Matic battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 19, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Eden Hazard of Chelsea appeals to the referee during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Gabriel of Arsenal and Diego Costa of Chelsea argue during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Gabriel (2nd R) of Arsenal argues after being shown a red card during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Gabriel (1st R) of Arsenal is blocked by Chelsea players as he tries to walk toward Diego Costa of Chelsea after being shown a red card during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista (centre) and Chelsea's Diego Costa exchange words during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 19, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Pedro (R) vies with Arsenal's Spanish defender Nacho Monreal (L) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on September 19, 2015. Chelsea won the game 2-0. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images
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Match referee Mike Dean sends off Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista (obscured) during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 19, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Kurt Zouma (1st R) of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Referee Mike Dean talks with Diego Costa of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Chelsea's Kurt Zouma scores his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 19, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Jose Mourinho Manager of Chelsea gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Kurt Zouma (1st R) of Chelsea scores his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard's (2nd L) deflected shot leads to Chelsea's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on September 19, 2015. Chelsea won the game 2-0. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Kurt Zouma (C) of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mate Branislav Ivanovic (L) and Diego Costa (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Santi Cazorla of Arsenal is shown a red card by referee Mike Dean during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Costa's behaviour was also the subject of a post-match television interview with Zouma - the French defender later said on Twitter he did not mean to accuse him of cheating.

The 20-year-old told beIN SPORTS: "Everyone knows Diego and this guy likes to cheat a lot and put the opponents out of his game, and that happened in the game. He's a real nice guy in the life and we are very proud to have him."

Zouma posted a clarification on Twitter on Monday saying: "Sorry for any confusion, English is not my first language & I did not mean to accuse anyone of cheating. Simply to say Diego is a player who puts pressure on his opponents & who I have huge respect for."

A Chelsea spokesman said it was harsh to take Zouma's words literally.

"It's a bit harsh to take literally the words of a young player speaking in his second language immediately after a game," said the Chelsea spokesman. "Kurt is deeply upset that his words have been used to attack a team-mate and a friend."

Jose Mourinho was seething when Costa was retrospectively sanctioned in February for treading on Liverpool's Emre Can, part of what the Chelsea boss perceived as a "campaign" against his side which included a Sky Sports montage entitled 'Costa's Crimes'.

Arsenal said they would appeal for both wrongful dismissal in relation to Gabriel and the length of his ban.

A statement read: "The club can confirm that it is appealing wrongful dismissal and the three-match ban given to Gabriel."

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