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Chelsea striker Diego Costa will serve a three-match suspension after he was found guilty of violent conduct during Saturday’s clash against Arsenal in relation to an incident with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.

Chelsea ace had time until 6pm today to respond to the charge. He denied the charge but even so he was proven guilty following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing this evening.

The FA statement read:

”An FA charge against Diego Costa for violent conduct not seen by the match officials but caught on video has been found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.”

”The Chelsea forward will, therefore, serve the standard penalty of a three-match suspension with immediate effect. ”

”The charge, which the player denied, was in relation to an incident involving Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny in the 43rd minute of the game on Saturday [19 September 2015]. ”

It means, that Costa will miss tomorrow’s Capital One Cup clash against Walsall and Premier League games against Newcastle United and Southampton.

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Diego Costa has been charged by the FA. Chelsea striker could face a three-match ban for his clash with Laurent Koscielny.

An FA statement read :

“Following the game between Chelsea and Arsenal on Saturday (19 September 2015), The FA has taken the following disciplinary action.”

“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. He has until 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday 22 September 2015) to reply.”

“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.”

“Arsenal defender Gabriel has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour following his dismissal, whilst team-mate Santi Cazorla has been warned for his behaviour following his sending off.”

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

Both clubs and Gabriel have until 6pm on Thursday (24 September 2015) to reply.”

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According to the latest information, Diego Costa will find out on Monday whether FA will take retrospective action against him after the controversy about his behavior during the match against Arsenal.

The FA are studying Mike Dean’s match report on the incidents during the clash between Chelsea and Arsenal. It is not known whether Costa could be punished for the incident with Laurent Koscielny or for his exchange with Gabriel.

If the FA decides to take retrospective action on Chelsea striker, Costa may face a three match ban.

The decision will be taken tomorrow.

 

 

 

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On-loan Chelsea striker Islam Feruz spent last night in a police cell, after being caught driving whilst banned, says the Daily Record.

The 19-year old, on loan at Scottish Championship side Hibernian, was reportedly caught behind the wheel of an £80,000 Porsche, despite not legally being allowed to drive.

The Scottish paper also claims that the former Celtic youngster provided a false name when pulled over.

The report offers no other details, with Hibs seemingly yet to comment.

It isn’t the first time Feruz has been in trouble on a loan spell – the Scottish U21 international was sent back to Stamford Bridge from then-Championship side Blackpool last season after criticising the team’s performance on Twitter.

 

 

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COURTOIS RED CARD

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will miss Manchester City clash next Sunday.

The red card appeal made by the Stamford Bridge club was, in fact, rejected.

An official statement of FA website read:

A claim of wrongful dismissal submitted by Chelsea in relation to Thibaut Courtois has been unsuccessful following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing earlier today.

The goalkeeper was dismissed for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity in the 52nd minute of Chelsea’s game against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (Aug. 8, 2015). Therefore, the player’s one-match suspension, which is the standard penalty for this offence, remains with immediate effect.

For a club to be successful with a claim of wrongful dismissal, it must prove to an Independent Regulatory Commission via written and/or video evidence that the match referee made an obvious error.”

 

Courtois will now serve one game ban, so it will be Asmir Begovic, the second Chelsea keeper, to start at the Etihad Stadium against Pellegrini’s side.

 

 

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Former Chelsea striker, Carlton Cole will face a driving ban after he twice failed to tell police who was driving his car when it was clocked speeding.

Carlton Cole was found guilty of a motoring offence at City of London Magistrates court. Former Chelsea striker was clocked at 33mph in a 20mph zone on August 29, 2014. He was asked about the driver’s identify by police on 4 September and 17 October but he failed to respond in time.

Cole will attend City of London Magistrates on September 7 for sentencing over the offence of failing to give information relating to the car identification.

Magistrate Victoria Fraser told Daily Star :
”The matter against Mr Cole is now adjourned for September 7, where he should be given the opportunity to show why he should not be disqualified,”

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Chelsea FC released an official statement on the five banned fans for the Paris racism metro incident.

Here is what the club wrote on their website:

Chelsea Football Club has today issued life bans to five individuals involved in incidents prior to the club’s UEFA Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain on 17 February 2015. 

This follows Stratford Magistrates’ Court’s decision to issue multi-year football banning orders to Richard Barklie, Josh Parsons, William Simpson and Jordan Munday. Dean Callis earlier received a banning order. 

The club will always reserve the right to decide who purchases tickets to attend Chelsea matches, and the behaviour of these five individuals was abhorrent, against all of the club’s values and falls way below the standards the club expects of supporters attending our games.

Therefore the club’s bans permanently prohibit any of these individuals from attending Stamford Bridge or purchasing tickets from the club for any future matches. 

The club will continue to take action against any supporters we feel behave in an anti-social manner and will cooperate with the relevant police authorities with any future investigations. 

Chelsea FC is proud of its diversity, which runs throughout the club – from our owner to our multi-cultural playing squad and backroom team, the staff and our fans.

We are also proud to support the work of Kick it Out and Show Racism the Red Card, among other organisations, as well as the work of the Premier League, UEFA and the Football Association.

The club’s commitment to eradicating discrimination in all its forms is highlighted by our Building Bridges campaign, which promotes equality in our communities.

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PAUL POGBA

A battle between European giants is set to sign football next sensation Paul Pogba.

The French star can leave Juventus this summer and the Italian side are valuing the offers that came from three European top clubs.

According to Spanish paper Sport Barcelona offered €80m + €10m ( £60m + £8m) in add-ons to purchase him in July 2016, while Chelsea offered €50m ( £35m-40m) + Brazilian midfielder Oscar from Chelsea to sign him this summer, Blues title rivals Manchester City made an impressive cash-only €100m ( £80m) bid to get France international this summer.

The report claims that Barcelona’s transfer ban this summer might actually work to their advantage since Pogba prefers a move to Spain and Juventus can keep him for another season – to potentially launch another bid to win the Champions League.

 

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JOSE MOURINHO
Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager José Mourinho also spoke in press conference after WBA 3-0 defeat.

His analysis of the game:

“This is a consequence of being champions so early.

“The ideal scenario is to be champions and to not play again – go home, have holidays and not play again.

“When you have three more matches to play, what has happened to Bayern Munich can happen – lose three in three – and what is happening to us can happen, one point in two matches.

“I don’t blame the players. When you play since August in the top of your motivation, concentration, commitment, feeling every three days the pressure to win and get the result, and then you are champions, you breathe and everything changes. It’s difficult to play at that level.

“Let’s blame the players a little bit, let’s blame myself, and let’s blame the top contenders for the title because they were not good enough to fight with us until the end. If today we needed this game to be champions, I am not saying we would win, but I am saying we would compete at a higher level to win.

On Cesc Fabregas’ red card he said:

“I have never seen a sending off like it. I would like to see it again. What is this for a sending off? Where is the danger of the situation? Where is the aggression?

“To get a red card in almost a friendly game, I really don’t understand it. I think Fletcher was aggressive, yes, he pushed in the chest, yes, because he is experienced and he knows what he can do for a yellow card. It was much more aggressive than what Fabregas did.

“For me a top referee in control of the game goes there, says two or three words, pulls the ears, and it’s done. It’s a bizarre red card. A three-game ban for this? Of course it’s harsh.”

Mourinho also praised tonight’s winners, West Brom:

“Congratulations to West Brom for their season. I’m happy to be back here next year. Congratulations for the three points and let’s go home.”

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Former England manager Fabio Capello has said that Chelsea captain John Terry should be reinstated into the national side.

Capello was in charge of England and resigned close to when Terry faced allegations of racism back in 2012.

He was accused of making racism comments to Anton Ferdinand who at the time was playing for QPR. Terry was fined £220,000 and was given a 4 match ban.

The 34-year old remained a key man at Chelsea. Capello, who now coaches the Russian national team, feels it’s shame Terry isn’t playing for England anymore. He said:

“John Terry is one of the best defenders in England if not, the best.

“It’s better to have a player like John Terry than not have him. But I don’t think he has the chances to play with the national team any more.”

Following the racist incident, Capello said he tried to talk the FA to calm things down and find a solution.

“The FA decided he could not play with the national team and I didn’t understand because he was not guilty. When it happened I said to David Bernstein:  ‘You decided he’s guilty? No, he’s not guilty’.

“I fought for this and they said, ‘No, you can’t decide about the player, you need to wait for the court decision and everything’. I said, ‘Why have you decided before I’ve asked you?”

 

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