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JOSE SWEAts Over COSTA

JOSE Mourinho has pulled in the drawbridge and declared a siege at Stamford Bridge while he waits for news on Diego Costa's appeal against a potential three-match ban for stamping.

The Chelsea boss cancelled all media work today and as a result, is likely to face another fine for breaking Premier League rules to add to a £25,000 English FA sanction imposed this week for his comments claiming that there is a conspiracy against his team.

Costa has appealed against the charge that he stamped on Liverpool's Emre Can in front of the dugouts during the League Cup semi-final, second leg on Tuesday night. A second incident with Martin Skrtel is not being considered.

FA disciplinary officials met last night to rule on the matter and a decision will be announced today, 24 hours before Chelsea host Manchester City in what will be a pivotal Premier League fixture.

A three-game ban is certain if he is found to have been guilty of violent conduct which would leave Chelsea without their top striker for the clash with City and subsequent games against Aston Villa and Everton.

Chelsea are trying to seal a deal with Fiorentina for Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado in time for tomorrow's top of the table tussle after agreeing personal terms and a fee reported to be £23m.


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