Chelsea’s top scorer this season, striker Diego Costa, is set to challenge the violent stamp charge made against him by the Football Association during Tuesday’s match against Liverpool.
He is being charged with deliberately stamping on Emre Can in the first half of the match. A second accusation that was not pursued by the Football Association claims that Costa stamped on Martin Skrtel, but there was no clear evidence that the incident was intentional.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is in full support of Costa’s contest against the conduct charge, having further broiled the controversy by cancelling the media conference that was to be held on Friday to preview the title showdown against Manchester City. In Costa’s defense, Mourinho insists the incident was an accident and has repeatedly said that there is bad press and a “campaign against Chelsea.”
With Chelsea’s win over Liverpool on Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final match, Chelsea will have a tough time against Manchester City for the title match on Saturday. Costa’s possible suspension will come at a critical time when the team needs their top striker the most. The team may also be without solid midfielder Cesc Fabregas who injured his hamstring also against Liverpool.
The Costa incident may now be a distraction for the rest of the team, but determination and concentration will need to prevail for the players as a win on Saturday will validate their prowess.
The independent panel of the Football Associate will rule on the mater on Friday, which Costa will face a three-match ban if he is found guilty. It is certain that the Football Association will confirm the charge after seeing video footage and interviewing the referee. So, all Mourinho and his players can do in the next 48 hours is to stay focused on the title and bring home a win for Chelsea fans.