Chelsea star Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct after appearing to stamp on Emre Can during the Blues’ Capital One Cup semi-final win over Liverpool, Sky Sports reports.
The Football Association confirmed that Costa’s action was missed by all four officials during the game, and after referee Michael Oliver watched replays, he has deemed the offence a red card.
This means that Costa is facing a three-match ban, which would see the striker miss the top-of-the-table clash against Manchester City this weekend followed by matches with Aston Villa and then Everton.
There was also another incident in the game where the 27-year-old appeared to stamp on Martin Skrtel, but it is expected that he won’t be punished for the incident.
Chelsea will have up to 6pm (GMT) to appeal the decision before the final verdict is released ahead of the weekend.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that Costa’s alleged attacks were deliberate, however Blues boss Jose Mourinho is adamant that it was an accident while also claiming his side should have been awarded a penalty earlier in the game after what was a fiery League Cup clash between the two sides.