Chelsea forward Diego Costa and Arsenal centre-back Gabriel and both the clubs that they represent have been charged by the FA. Spanish forward Costa has been charged with an act of violent conduct while Brazilian defender Gabriel has been charged with an act of improper conduct.
Chelsea and Arsenal have both been charged for failing to control their players during the two teams’ heated derby match at Stamford Bridge during the weekend.
The London derby between the Blues and the Gunners saw the home side register a 2-0 win, but the result was hardly the biggest talking point of the game. Chelsea forward Diego Costa set off an unfortunate series of events that ultimately led to him being cautioned while opposition defender Gabriel managed to get himself sent off.
The fallout from that match is still swirling about the British media especially after the primary culprit behind these shameful events was supposedly let off the hook thanks to some lenient refereeing by Mike Dean
The English Football Association however have finally come forward and dished out justice after an independent panel consisting of three retired referees went through videographic evidence to adjudicate on this matter.
The panel’s decision was published by the FA on their website just yesterday. Gabriel and both the clubs have until 6pm BST on Thursday to appeal to this decision while Costa has until 6pm today. Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has also been cautioned about his behaviour after he was sent off in a separate incident during the same game.