Friday 21 July 2017

FA warn Costa and extend his ban Costa, extends his ban

Costa, who was found not to have bitten Everton midfielder Gareth Barry and made an inappropriate gesture to the home support, was originally given an automatic two-match ban (PA)
Costa, who was found not to have bitten Everton midfielder Gareth Barry and made an inappropriate gesture to the home support, was originally given an automatic two-match ban (PA)

Jamie Holland

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been handed an additional one-match ban and fined £20,000 (€25,000) by the Football Association after admitting to a charge of improper conduct following his dismissal at Everton last month.

The controversial Brazilian-born Spain international, who has also been warned over his future conduct, was sent off for the first time since arriving in English football during his side's 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Goodison Park.

Costa, who was found not to have bitten Everton midfielder Gareth Barry and made an inappropriate gesture to the home support, was originally given an automatic two-match ban, which ruled him out of the 2-2 draw with West Ham United and today's trip to Aston Villa.

The 27-year-old striker, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2014, will now also miss Chelsea's visit to Swansea City on April 9.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough moved back into the Championship's automatic promotion places with a 3-2 win at Queens Park Rangers that took them up to second in the table last night.

Goals from Jordan Rhodes, Gaston Ramirez and Ben Gibson gave Boro the points at Loftus Road, with a fine Jamie Mackie strike having brought mid-table QPR level at 1-1 by half-time, before the hosts forced a tense finish with a Tjaronn Chery effort.

The victory takes the visitors to within two of leaders Burnley who visit Brighton, now down to third place with 71 points, today.

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