Chelsea striker Diego Costa is facing the prospect of a three match ban for the stamping incidents which overshadowed the Capital One Cup semi final second leg at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool felt hard done by to go out over the course of two legs against Jose Mourinho’s side, especially when Costa could have been sent off inside 15 minutes for a stamp on Emre Can – as well as in the second half for a second stamp, this time on Martin Skrtel.
The FA governance department reviewed footage of the match this morning, whilst referee Michael Oliver will be questioned as to whether he saw the incidents. The first concerning Can is understood to be the most concerning.
Jose Mourinho meanwhile – who was today fined by the FA for his recent ‘campaign’ comments – insisted the stamps were accidental, before launching into a bizarre rant against Sky Sports and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.
Asked about on the incident, he told reporters: “I don’t know what you call stamps, and Sky call ‘crimes’ – I have to say it was absolutely accidental.”
He continued: “We know how much that pundit loves Chelsea and how much he loves me. They are there, well paid, much more than managers. These guys, very good money, no pressure, but always right.”
After hearing that Rodgers had said Costa was “nasty”, Mourinho responded: “He worked here for a few years, but we are different people. I could speak about Skrtel. He speaks about Courtois, but forget his goalkeeper’s work. I talk about both goalkeepers. I don’t forget mine. Mine helped me. Different profiles. He is what he is.”