Sep 232015

Laughs a lot who laughs last, perhaps, this sentence is going to be the slogan of Arsenal fans for the Chelsea football player , the Spanish international striker Diego Costa.

This expression comes from the Gunners’ audience after the decision of English Football Association to stop Diego Costa from playing for the next three games.

FA’s decision to stop Costa came after the events in the game of his team against Arsenal in the last round of the English Premier League.

And Costa, in the last game against Arsenal, was interfering Arsenal Defender Laurent Koscielny where Diego beated him without seeing this by referee Mark Dean, therefore D.Costa didn’t get an immediate punishment in the game.

Although Costa was the man who laughed in that game for escaping from the punishment after his fault against Koscielny and causing a strange decision from the referee of excluding Gabriel Paulista, but eventually, the end was not in his favor.

And the dissemination of the FA’s statement about Costa said: “After the disciplinary board of the football meeting in England and watching the video of interference by Diego Costa in front of Koscielny,  Arsenal defender. After missing the attention of the referee, we found that Costa deserves to be punished and he will be banned for three games.”

And by this Diego Costa will miss the next three local games in front of Walsall in the English League Cup and Newcastle and Southampton in the English Premier League to be back with his team on October 17 in front of Aston Villa.

Sep 222015

Chelsea striker, Diego Costa and Arsenal defender, Gabriel Paulista have been charged by the English FA for their violent conduct during the match between the two teams on Saturday.  The Chelsea striker was involved in an incident earlier in the game with Laurent Koscielny in the first half of the game. While Diego Costa is charged with violent conduct, Gabriel is charged with improper conduct. Video footage shows that the Chelsea man had earlier showed his hands in the arsenal defenders face before flailing his left arm which also made contact with the defender. The referee at the time did not see all this but saw when Gabriel Paulista tried to kick the Chelsea strike which made him award a second yellow card that resulted to his sending off. Given the circumstances surrounding the incident, it could be said that the referee viewed Gabriel’s kick as retaliation for an earlier confrontation between the two players.

The situation with Gabriel is a bit complicated as the club has already filed an appeal for wrongful dismissal and even if it is accepted, the player would still be guilty to improper conduct for refusing to leave the pitch after he was sent off. It took the intervention of some players and a security agent to finally get him off. His fellow Arsenal man, Santi Carzola who was sent off following his tackle on Cesc Fabregas got off with a warning from the FA.

Following the charges, Diego Costa could face a three match ban for his actions while Gabriel could see his initial ban for his red card extended from three games to a higher number. A panel of judges would refer to the video footage of the match to determine the punishment that both players deserve for their actions and the decision of the panel must be congruent. The two clubs have also been charged by the FA for failing to conduct their players during the match which would go down to be one of the most heated encounters between the teams and they both have until Thursday to respond to the charges.