Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following his red card in Saturday’s FA Cup showdown with Everton at Goodison Park.
Costa was sent off after a clash with Everton midfielder Gareth Barry in the 84th minute of as Chelsea suffered a 2-0 defeat to the Merseysiders who qualified for the semi-finals of the competition at the expense of Guus Hiddink’s men.
The 27-year old Spainiard appeared to bite Barry in the incident, although both players have denied the incident. But the FA have now charged Costa for his behavior after being shown a second yellow card.
“Diego Costa has been charged in relation to Chelsea’s FA Cup sixth round fixture against Everton on Saturday 12 March 2016.
“It is alleged his behaviour, after being shown a second yellow card in the game, amounted to improper conduct.” The FA said in a statement.
Costa has until the evening of Thursday, 17 March to respond to the charge.
Meanwhile, the Chelsea striker has until Wednesday [16 March 2016] to provide his observations to The FA in relation to an alleged gesture he made towards Everton supporters while leaving the pitch at half-time.