Diego Costa has claimed he is being targeted by referees and opposing players in the Premier League after being booked once again and narrowly escaping being sent off.
The Chelsea striker was booked by referee Anthony Taylor in their 2-1 win over West Ham on Monday and should have received a second yellow for a rash tackle on Hammers goalkeeper Adrian, but was let off the hook.
Instead, he feels he is being targeted by match officials and rival players.
Costa scored the winner in Antonio Conte’s first game in charge, but his usual aggressive style was on full display as he was booked for dissent, and barely escaped being sent off for the rash tackle on Adrian.
“I can’t ask for anything, the crowd here always loved me. It’s a support which I always appreciate. It’s important to get the three points, it’s important to start winning,” Costa told ESPN Brasil.
“I am aware of [the new dissent law] now. The second time I went to talk to him, he showed me [the yellow card]. I even found it a bit weird, but then I understood. I went to apologise at half-time and that’s it.
He added: “But I’ll be honest, I am targeted here, by the referees, the people… if I do something, it’s totally different than if any other players do. It needs to be seen, that people targeted me.
“It’s something I have to deal with and I ask God that these things don’t disturb me and don’t take the sequence of the games from me, which happens sometimes and gives me suspensions.”