Chelsea star Diego Costa is set to face another game ban following his clash with Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel on Saturday, according to reports from ESPN.
The Blues’ miserable season continued when Jurgen Klopp collected his first Premier League win with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in a 3-1 result.
But to compound Chelsea and manager Jose Mourinho’s misery, star striker Costa could be punished by the Football Association and banned for four games after he appeared to kick out at Reds defender Skrtel.
Referee Mark Clattenburg did not take action during the incident, however when reviewed on video several other officials claimed that if it was seen Costa would have likely be sent off.
If Costa is once again deemed to be at fault, the Spain international will be banned for four matches due to the fact that he has already been previously suspended this season.
Former ref Howard Webb told BT Sport: “They [The FA] will have a look I think. I think it is a clear red card. He commits a foul on Martin Skrtel, then there is a little kick.
“The second action is a clear act of violent conduct. Mark Clattenburg is pretty close and is in a good position and it’s difficult to say that he hasn’t seen this.
“Normally the FA won’t take action when the ref is looking at it. But just because he is looking in that direction it doesn’t mean he is focussed on that act of violence, and he can’t have been because he didn’t see the kick and didn’t give a red card.
“I doubt that the FA will take action because Mark is looking in that direction and it is not off the ball. But it is a clear red card and Diego Costa is a lucky boy on that occasion.”
Costa, 27, made 37 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring 20 goals.