| 13.7°C Belfast

Chelsea sweat on Costa verdict

Close

Referee Michael Oliver, far right, had his work cut out at Stamford Bridge

Referee Michael Oliver, far right, had his work cut out at Stamford Bridge

Referee Michael Oliver, far right, had his work cut out at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea face the prospect of playing Saturday's Premier League title showdown with Manchester City without Diego Costa after the striker was charged with violent conduct.

Costa faces an immediate three-match ban for his apparent stamp on Liverpool defender Emre Can in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg win.

The incident happened in close proximity to the dugouts, but was missed by the match officials.

It was reviewed on video by referee Michael Oliver on Wednesday, with the charge following as part of the Football Association's fast-tracked procedures.

Costa, who faces no action for a similar incident involving Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.

If Costa denies the charge, the appeal will be heard on Friday, but he would require the appeal commission to side with him in order to face City.

Either way, there will be a resolution before Saturday's contest at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea's lead from City at the top of the Premier League could extend to eight points, or fall to two.

Daily Headlines & Evening Telegraph Newsletter

Receive today's headlines directly to your inbox every morning and evening, with our free daily newsletter.

This field is required

A FA statement read: "Diego Costa has been charged by The FA for violent conduct following an on-field incident which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

"The charge is in relation to an incident involving the Chelsea forward and Liverpool's Emre Can which occurred in the 12th minute of the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge last night (Tuesday, January 27, 2015).

"The player has until 6pm on Thursday, January 29, 2015 to respond to the charge.

Close

Diego Costa of Chelse celebrates after Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea scored the opening goal during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Diego Costa of Chelse celebrates after Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea scored the opening goal during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Getty Images

Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa smashes the ball back into the net as he celebrates the opening goal scored by Chelsea's Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic

Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa smashes the ball back into the net as he celebrates the opening goal scored by Chelsea's Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic

AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard volleys the ball during the English League Cup semi-final second leg football match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in London on January 27, 2015.  Photo: Getty Images

Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard volleys the ball during the English League Cup semi-final second leg football match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in London on January 27, 2015. Photo: Getty Images

AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson (floor) tackles Chelsea's Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta (top) . Photo: Getty Images

Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson (floor) tackles Chelsea's Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta (top) . Photo: Getty Images

AFP/Getty Images

Chelsea's French defender Kurt Zouma holds a flag that reads "we are on our way to Wembley" as he celebrates after winning the English League Cup semi-final second leg football match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in London on January 27, 2015. Photo: Getty Images

Chelsea's French defender Kurt Zouma holds a flag that reads "we are on our way to Wembley" as he celebrates after winning the English League Cup semi-final second leg football match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in London on January 27, 2015. Photo: Getty Images

AFP/Getty Images

Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (L) and Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard (R) start to tussle on the floor after a challenge, an incident for which they were both booked

Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (L) and Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard (R) start to tussle on the floor after a challenge, an incident for which they were both booked

AFP/Getty Images

Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (CL) and Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard (CR) confront each other

Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (CL) and Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard (CR) confront each other

AFP/Getty Images

Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (3L) and Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard (4L) confront each other

Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (3L) and Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard (4L) confront each other

AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (L) manages to reach the ball in time to stop Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (R) from scoring

Liverpool's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (L) manages to reach the ball in time to stop Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (R) from scoring

AFP/Getty Images

Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea heads in their first goal in extra time during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea heads in their first goal in extra time during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Getty Images

Martin Skrtel of Liverpool clashes with Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea  during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Martin Skrtel of Liverpool clashes with Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Getty Images

Diego Costa of Chelse celebrates after Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea scored the opening goal during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Diego Costa of Chelse celebrates after Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea scored the opening goal during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Getty Images

Martin Skrtel of Liverpool clashes with Diego Costa of Chelsea during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Martin Skrtel of Liverpool clashes with Diego Costa of Chelsea during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Getty Images

 Martin Skrtel of Liverpool reacts to the crowd after he fouled Diego Costa of Chelsea during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Martin Skrtel of Liverpool reacts to the crowd after he fouled Diego Costa of Chelsea during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Getty Images

John Terry of Chelsea clashes with Mario Balotelli of Liverpool during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

John Terry of Chelsea clashes with Mario Balotelli of Liverpool during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Getty Images

 John Terry of Chelsea clashes with Mario Balotelli of Liverpool during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

John Terry of Chelsea clashes with Mario Balotelli of Liverpool during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Getty Images

Eden Hazard of Chelsea reacts during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Eden Hazard of Chelsea reacts during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Getty Images

Dejected Liverpool fans in the stands after the Capital One Cup Semi Final, Second Leg match at Stamford Bridge, London.

Dejected Liverpool fans in the stands after the Capital One Cup Semi Final, Second Leg match at Stamford Bridge, London.

PA

/

Diego Costa of Chelse celebrates after Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea scored the opening goal during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

"Following a review of an incident during the game involving Costa and Liverpool's Martin Skrtel, The FA will not be taking any further action."

As the Capital One Cup is a Football League competition, the disciplinary process differs slightly from a Premier League match where a three-man panel of former referees would decide whether he should be charged.

Referee Oliver was asked by the FA whether he or any of the officials saw the incident and, as they did not, footage was reviewed to determine if a sending-off offence had occurred.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who earlier on Wednesday was fined £25,000 for claiming there was a "clear campaign" against Chelsea, has insisted that both stamps were "absolutely accidental".

A three-match ban would rule Costa the City clash, as well as matches with Everton and Aston Villa. There is no right of appeal.


Top Videos



Privacy