Amidst cries from different angles for the ban of Diego Costa after his misconduct against Arsenal, The Football Association has decided to wait on referee Mike Dean’s report before passing a judgment on the Spanish striker. The 26 year old striker was involved in a series of events with both Laurent Koscieny and Gabriel Paulista that eventually led to the sending off of Paulista for an alleged stamp on Diego Costa.
While not many people are disputing the sending off of Paulista but the question on everyone’s mind is how didn’t Diego Costa suffer the same fate as the Brazilian. The Spanish striker was seen grabbing Laurent Koscieny face before hitting the Frenchman on the face and then later body-checking him to the ground. This event led to a confrontation between Paulista and Costa who both saw yellow card for the violent misconduct.
However a prolonged heated dispute between both players initiated by Costa eventually led to Paulista being shown a red card. It’s hard to believe that Mike Dean missed out on the full incident between Kosciency and Costa since he gave the 26 year old a yellow card for it and only his report to the FA which is to be submitted on Monday will confirm what he actually saw go down.
Meanwhile Arsene Wenger has not held back his disgust for what he believed to be poor officiating. He said “I wouldn’t like to be Mike Dean tonight because I cannot understand the situations. Twice he (Costa) should have been sent off,” “Look at the situation well before the cross comes in, he hits him (Laurent Koscielny) in the face on purpose.” He makes a fuss of it. In every game there is aggravation but he gets away with it because of the weakness of the referee.”We are guilty because we gave in on that and responded to it. We knew before the game that he was only looking for that and when he touches him he goes down like he has been killed.”