Diego Costa gets three-match ban for Emre Can stamp

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can

Diego Costa gets three-match ban for Emre Can stamp [divider]

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has lost his appeal against an FA violent conduct charge after it was deemed that his stamp on Emre Can was intentional.

Costa has been charged with a three-match ban that will keep him out of the Blues Premier League clash against Manchester City on the weekend.

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The FA released the following statement regarding the decision:

“Diego Costa will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a charge of violent conduct against him was found proven by an Independent Regulatory Commission on Friday 30 January 2015,” the statement read.

“The Chelsea forward had denied the charge in relation to an on-field incident involving Liverpool’s Emre Can which occurred in the 12th minute of the League Cup semifinal second leg at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday 27 January 2015. The incident was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.”

The prolific striker will also miss the games against Everton and Aston Villa.

Costa stood on Can’s ankle in the 12th minute of the game but referee Michael Oliver failed to spot the incident as his view was blocked by Reds midfielder Jordan Henderson.

Liverpool lost the League Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge after drawing the first game 1-1 at Anfield.

The Germany U20 international has played Liverpool’s last eight games as a defender despite being signed as a central midfielder from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.

Can has made 18 appearances for the Reds this season.

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