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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been handed a violent conduct charge by the Football Association (FA) after his side’s 2-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday.
The Spaniard, 26, swiped his hands at Arsenal’s Laurient Koscielny’s face and later clashed with Gunners defender Gabriel, who was sent off.
The FA has also charged Gabriel with improper conduct and both clubs for failing to control their players. Gabriel and both clubs have until 18:00 BST on Thursday, 24 September to respond to their charges.
Costa and Gabriel were booked for their altercation before the latter received his marching order for raising his heel at the Blues striker.
Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla, who was sent off for two bookable offenses, has been warned about his future conduct.
Costa has until 18:00 BST on Tuesday, 22 September to reply to his charge, which is for the clash with Koscielny.
An independent panel of three former referees reviewed video footage of the incident after Saturday’s center referee, Mike Dean, confirmed that he did not witness it. They each ruled that Costa’s action should have attracted a straight red card, prompting the FA to continue with the charge.
Costa could serve an automatic three-match suspension if he accepts the charge, but were he to contest it; an independent regulatory commission will look into the matter.
Chelsea’s next three matches are against Walsall, Newcastle and Southampton.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Kaylor Navas says he cried when his deadline day move to Manchester United fell through at the eleventh hour.
The Costa Rica international was penciled in an exchange deal which could have seen David De Gea move to opposite Santiago Bernebeu.
But incompletion of transfer papers before the closure of the summer transfer deadline in Spain on 31 August cost him the move.
“I cried that night when I found out I was staying, it was a build-up of emotions. I didn’t want to leave, Madrid is my home,” Navas told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE.
“I never wanted to leave Real Madrid. I thought that if God wanted me to leave Madrid, it would be for the best, but he didn’t want me to and I’m still here.”
Navas joined Real from Levante in the summer of 2014 after impressing with his nation at the World Cup, but played just 11 times last season.
The 25-year-old has however reaped from Iker Casillas’ departure to Porto this term as he has stood in goal for the Los Blancos in all five games and has yet to concede a goal so far this season.
“I signed the Manchester United contract on a stretcher while I had my medical, but I want to write my own story at this club and win everything this season,” he said.
“We have things to improve, but we’re on the right path.”
The Croatian and fellow striker Alvaro Morata were substituted towards the end of Juve’s 0-2 win away to Genoa on Sunday.
Subsequent scans “revealed a first grade tear in his right thigh muscle”.
“He will be sidelined from competition for 20 days,” a statement on the Italian champions’ website read.
It means the former Atletico Madrid forward will miss the UEFA Champions League Match Day 2 encounter between the last season finalists and reigning Europa League champions Sevilla in Turin on Wednesday, 30 September, 2015.
Mandzukic could also miss his country’s crucial UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier against Bulgaria on 8 October.
Juve has positive news from tests conducted on Morata, who complained of abdominal pain on Sunday, disclosing that there is no strain or tear.
Juventus are in Sere A action at home to Frosinone on Wednesday.
Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma says “sorry” about commenting that his team-mate Diego Costa “likes to cheat a lot.”
The French center-back was quoted as telling beIN Sports reporters after Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday that: “Everyone knows Diego and this guy likes to cheat a lot and put the opponents out of his game, and that happened in the game.”
Striker Costa clashed with Gunners center-back Gabriel, who was sent off, during the game at Stamford Bridge. He has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association and has until 18:00 BST to respond.
“Sorry for any confusion,” Zouma said. ”English is not my first language. I did not mean to accuse anyone of cheating.”
Zouma scored his first Premier League goal for the Blues when he nodded in a Cesc Fabregas free-kick at the far post.
Costa swiped his hand at the face of Arsenal defender Laurient Koscielny before clashing with Gabriel.
Gabriel has also been handed a charge of improper conduct.