London - Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been given a further one-match ban,
fined £20 000 and warned as to his future
behaviour after admitting a charge of improper conduct following his red
card at Everton last month, the Football Association announced on Friday.
Costa was sent off for the first time in his Chelsea career in the FA
Cup quarter-final loss and given an automatic two-match ban, ruling him
out of both the Blues' draw with West Ham and this Saturday's Premier
League match against Aston Villa.
Now Costa, who had no case to answer over suggestions he bit Everton
midfielder Gareth Barry or made an inappropriate gesture to Everton
fans, will also miss the April 9 match at Swansea after incurring an
additional suspension for his aggressive protest to referee Michael
Oliver regarding his dismissal at Goodison Park.
"Following an independent regulatory commission hearing on Thursday
(March 31, 2016), Chelsea's Diego Costa has been given a one-match
suspension, fined £20 000 and warned as to his future conduct."
"The forward admitted a charge of improper conduct in relation to his
behaviour after he was shown a second yellow card in the FA Cup
sixth-round tie on March 12, 2016 at Goodison Park.
"This suspension will follow immediately on the conclusion of the player's current ban."
Costa's automatic ban was two games as it was considered to be his
second dismissal of the season after he was handed a retrospective
three-match ban for clashes with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel
Spain forward Costa has scored 11 goals in his last 16 games for
Chelsea and with the reigning Premier League champions currently tenth
in the table and long out of the title race, interim manager Guus
Hiddink said on Friday the final eight games of the season might be a good
time for the London club to experiment.
"We now have eight games coming up, and there's not much to win for
Chelsea anymore. There might be some time for experiments," the Dutchman