Chelsea striker Diego Costa hit with three-match ban

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has failed in his appeal against a Football Association charge of violent conduct.

Costa was hit with the following his alleged stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can during Tuesday’s Capital One Cup second-leg semi-final at Stamford Bridge.

The incident was not seen by match officials, but the FA decided to charge the striker with violent conduct after reviewing video evidence.

The striker decided to contest the charge with the full support of his club, but an independent regulatory commission have upheld the charge and handed down a three-match ban.

As a result, Chelsea will be without the player for Saturday’s top-of-the-table Premier League clash against Manchester City as well as the games against Aston Villa and Everton.

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