Thursday 17 March 2016

Diego Costa Will Not Face FA Action Over Alleged Gesture

No action will be taken against Chelsea's Diego Costa following an alleged gesture he made to Everton supporters during Saturday's FA Cup tie, the FA has announced. The Spain striker had been given until 6pm on Wednesday by the FA to explain the gesture towards home fans at half-time of the match at Goodison Park, which Chelsea lost 2-0. Costa faced a one-match ban if the charge was upheld but no further action will follow over the matter.

A statement by the FA says “Having considered the evidence and Diego Costa's observations in relation to a gesture the Chelsea forward made towards Everton supporters at half-time of Saturday's FA Cup sixth-round tie, the FA is satisfied no further action is required”.

The 27-year-old still faces a misconduct charge for his reaction to his 84th-minute dismissal by referee Michael Oliver in the same game, a charge for which he has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to. Costa is already suspended automatically for his first red card as a Chelsea player and will miss Saturday's Premier League clash with West Ham.

The former Atletico Madrid man had no case to answer over speculation he bit Gareth Barry during the same incident packed game. The Everton midfielder insisted Costa had not bitten him after their altercation, during which Costa nuzzled his mouth into Barry's neck.

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