New Delhi: Chelsea striker Diego Costa faces a three-match ban after he was charged for an alleged stamp during their Capital One Cup semi-final win over Liverpool on Tuesday.
In a volatile second-leg match at Stamford Bridge, the 26-year-old was seen in protracted duels with Liverpool defender Emre Can. And he is being charged for for the first of two alleged stamps that were not seen by referee Michael Oliver.
The Brazilian born, Spanish world cupper was also appeared to stamp of another Reds defender Martin Skrtel later in the match. The dou has a history of aggression, in both team and nationals colours.
Chelsea won the match 1-0 with a Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time header for a 2-1 aggregate victory to make the League Cup final at Wembley. In the first leg at Anfield, both the sides had settled for a 1-1 draw.
If the ban comes into effect, Costa could miss Saturday's all-important league game against Manchester City at home. Chelsea are leading the title fight by five points over the champions after the end of 22nd round.
The former Atletico Madrid player is the top-scorer in the league with 17 goals so far.