Diego Costa's confrontation with Laurent Koscielny has proven costlier than originally thought.
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According to the FA website, Diego Costa's violent conduct charge from the past weekend has been upheld, and his three match ban is effective immediately. The ban stems from an altercation in the 43rd minute, with Costa channeling his inner NHL defenseman and facewashing Koscielny. After taking a tumble in the penalty area, Costa then chest bumped him to the ground. You can see the video evidence for yourself below.
Gabriel was originally sent off for his role in the fracas, but it was later rescinded on appeal. He will still answer to an improper conduct charge after seeing red and not promptly leaving the pitch. Arsenal has until 6PM UK time to appeal.
According to ESPN FC, Chelsea plan to appeal Costa's suspension. Assuming Costa's suspension is upheld, which I have no doubt it will, Costa is set to miss matches against Newcastle, Southampton, and Aston Villa.
Newcastle could see a familiar face in Chelsea's squad this Saturday. Waiting in the wings are former Newcastle striker and current mercenary Loïc Rémy, on loan Falcao, or the newcomer Pedro. I for one will hope for the Falcao option and hope he shoots with the same accuracy as his season with Manchester United last year.