Former Manchester United legend and present celebrity football pundit, Gary Neville has come out and blasted the English Football Association for their handling of the Diego Costa saga. The FA released a statement a few days ago confirming that they had slapped the Chelsea forward with a charge of “violent conduct”. Costa and his club had until 6pm BST on Tuesday to launch an appeal, and they had subsequently denied the charge.
However, the FA have upheld their decision, which means that Diego Costa has been slapped with a three-match ban. Chelsea Football Club released a statement to say that they were “disappointed” with the decision.
The Blues however, are not the only people to think so. Retired Manchester United defender, Gary Neville has also expressed his frustration at this decision on Twitter. Neville said, “3 games for that. At worse it was two yellows = 1 game. Violent? No way..”
Gary Neville’s take on this matter will not go down well with most of the footballing world and especially the Arsenal fans. 26-year-old, Costa will now miss Chelsea’s next three domestic matches, namely their League Cup fixture against Walsall and two Premier League fixtures against Newcastle United and Southampton.