Costa Avoids Punishment For Gesture To Fans

Diego Costa will avoid punishment for a gesture he made towards Everton fans during the defending Premier League champion’s 2-0 loss to the Merseyside club in the FA Cup last weekend.

The Brazilian born Spanish international appeared to make a rude gesture towards Everton’s fans as he left the bitch at the half-time interval and the Football Association asked him to explain himself. After hearing what he had to say they have no decided that he will face no further action over that incident.

He is not quite out of the woods yet, however, with the FA still to decide on what punishment he’ll face for improper conduct after they charged him for his behaviour in the aftermath of his sending off in the game. He clashed with Everton midfielder Gareth Barry and appeared to bite him during the melee.

Both players denied that a bite took place, though the video footage certainly seemed to suggest otherwise. Costa had until 6pm on Thursday the 17th of March to respond to the charge and he’ll be hoping that Barry’s denial of a bite helps him in his answers to the charge. Luis Suarez was banned for ten games after biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic back in 2013.