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Diego Costa suspension upheld after appeals hearing

At least it's not more than the three-match ban he received initially!

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As expected, The FA have upheld Diego Costa's violent conduct charge after an "independent" appeals panel hearing on Tuesday.  Costa had denied the charge, but unlike Arsenal's Gabriel earlier in the day, he did not escape the long and laughably inconsistent arm of the law.  Apparently, kicking out at opponents is no longer a red card offense, while handbags are deadly, dangerous.

"We are extremely disappointed with the FA Regulatory Commission's decision to suspend Diego Costa. We will await their written reasons before commenting further."

-Official Chelsea FC Statement

At least this whole process happened quickly enough that one of the matches Costa will miss is tomorrow's League Cup visit to Walsall, in which he most likely wasn't going to play anyway.  He will also be missing in action against Newcastle (away) and Southampton (home).  We will most likely be just fine without him for those two games.  Loic Remy could use a bit of playing time anyway.

While Diego Costa has been sent off just once in his career in domestic league games, and has maintained a clean disciplinary record since 2012 as far as red cards are concerned, this suspension will now make 15 matches missed since then.

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