Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink has blasted Watford defender Juan Carlos Paredes for punching Diego Costa in an attempt to get the striker sent off, according to reports from the Mirror.
The Blues and the Hornets were involved in a feisty encounter on Wednesday, but the two sides were unable to break the deadlock with the game finishing at 0-0.
At the end of the first half, Paredes fell holding his face as if he’s been hit by Costa, but replays showed that there was no contact from the controversial Spaniard.
And Hiddink accused the Watford ace for starting the incident by punching Costa in the back.
Hiddink said: “It was provocation from their side.
“We were very close, 10 yards from our bench. Paredes punched Diego in his back and then they stumbled.
“Then Paredes brought his hand to his head and Diego was nowhere near his head.
“This is something that we must not do. It’s provocation to get someone off the pitch.
“Happily the referee and the assistant saw it and didn’t think it was provocation. There was no way that Diego was close to his face.”
However, the result sees Chelsea unbeaten since the arrival of Guus Hiddink as the interim manager, with the champions now up to 13th on the table before their clash against Manchester United this weekend.
Watford meanwhile have a tough game against an in-form Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, with the Lilywhites winning their last three while scoring 10 goals.