Striker charged as FA throw the book at Arsenal and Chelsea

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by The FA following an incident with Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny on Saturday.

The Spain international appeared to have slapped the Gunners defender in the face in a bust-up that eventually saw Arsenal’s Gabriel being shown a red card for lashing out at Costa after he initially stepped in to defend his teammate.

But The FA have also moved to charge both Chelsea and Arsenal for not being able to control their players during the fierce London derby at Stamford Bridge, which Chelsea won 2-0.

A statement on The FA’s official website read: “Diego Costa has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

“The Chelsea forward was involved in an incident with Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny in the 43rd minute of the game.

“Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees. Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.

“For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision by the panel must be unanimous.

“Finally, both clubs have been charged for failing to control their players under FA Rule E20.”

The FA also confirmed that Gabriel has been charged with improper conduct following his part in the incident, whilst Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has also been handed a warning for his behaviour after his was also dismissed for two yellow cards.

Diego Costa has until 6pm on Tuesday 22nd September to reply to the charges, while both clubs and Gabriel have until 6pm on Thursday 24 September to appeal their charges.