Chelsea star escapes further FA punishment for actions against Everton

Chelsea star Diego Costa will not receive any retrospective action for his hand gesture towards Everton supporters last weekend, according to reports from the Mirror.

Costa was seen making a ‘V’ sign as he walked into the tunnel at half-time, and later on in the FA Cup clash was sent off after picking up a second yellow card following a confrontation with Gareth Barry.

The Spain international was thus charged with misconduct and suspended for two matches, but the striker was facing further punishment for his alleged hand gesture.

However, the Football Association released a statement declaring that after considering the evidence given, no additional action is required apart from the original improper conduct charge for his behaviour after the second booking.

They said: “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 player has until 6pm on Thursday 17 March 2016 to respond to his misconduct charge in relation to the same game.”

Costa was also involved in what looked like a ‘bite’ on Barry, but the Toffees midfielder took to social media platform Fanzai to reveal there was no bite during the incident.

The 27-year-old has made 37 appearances in all competitions this term, scoring 15 goals and supplying 10 assists.