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Diego Costa faces additional one-match ban after Everton red card

Diego Costa has been handed an extra one-match suspension and fined £20,000 for his furious reaction to being sent off against Everton.

The striker angrily protested in Michael Oliver’s face and delayed leaving the pitch after the referee handed him the first red card of his Chelsea career.

Costa was dismissed with six minutes remaining of Chelsea’s FA Cup defeat last month for a second yellow card when he pushed his head into Gareth Barry’s neck. He appeared to bite the midfielder, but Barry later denied the claim.

The Spaniard was given a two-match ban — extended from one because he had already served a retrospective suspension for violent conduct involving Laurent Koscielny when they played Arsenal — and was set to miss their match against Aston Villa on Saturday. But he will now also miss the trip to Swansea the following week. Costa has also been warned about his future conduct.

The Football Association said in a statement: ‘Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Thursday (31 March 2016), Chelsea’s Diego Costa has been given a one-match suspension, fined £20,000 and warned as to his future conduct.

‘The forward admitted a charge of improper conduct in relation to his behaviour after he was shown a second yellow card in The FA Cup Sixth Round tie on 12 March 2016 at Goodison Park. This suspension will follow immediately on the conclusion of the player’s current ban.’

Costa was questioned by the FA over a gesture he appeared to make to Everton fans at half-time of the match and could have faced a separate ban for his actions, but the authorities were satisfied with his response and decided not to take it further.

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