London - Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been banned for three matches with
immediate effect after being found guilty of a violent conduct charge,
the Football Association announced on Friday.
The Spain international was suspended after a regulatory commission
ruled he had stamped on the ankle of Liverpool's Emre Can in the 12th
minute of Tuesday's League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge,
which Chelsea won 1-0 to complete a 2-1 aggregate victory.
There is no right of appeal and Costa will now miss the Premier
League leaders Chelsea's match at home to title rivals Manchester City
on Saturday and subsequent games against Aston Villa and Everton.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insisted the incident, reviewed on
video by referee Michael Oliver after he did not see it at the time, was
Costa denied the charge of violent conduct levelled against him on Wednesday ahead of Thursday's 1800 GMT deadline.
However, the charge was upheld Friday and banned immediately.
"Diego Costa will serve a three-match suspension with immediate
effect after a charge of violent conduct against him was found proven by
an independent regulatory commission today (Friday)," said a statement
issued by the Football Association, the English game's governing body.
"The Chelsea forward had denied the charge in relation to an on-field
incident involving Liverpool's Emre Can which occurred in the 12th
minute of the League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge on
Tuesday, January 27, 2015.
"The incident was not seen by the match officials but caught on video."