John Terry will make his return to the Chelsea line-up for their League Cup tie against Walsall on Wednesday, manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed.
Mourinho was angered by the fact Costa was last season retrospectively banned after being accused of deliberately stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can.
Gabriel lost his cool following a confrontation with Costa, who had earlier pushed Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny in the face and then barged him to the ground.
Zouma told reporters after the match that he was not surprised by Costa’s antics and that is just how he plays the game, according to the Mirror.
The case for the defence became a little murkier on Monday when Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma was forced to explain comments in a television interview that the Spain striker “likes to cheat a lot”. Nearly every single match that he has played in would have at least one incident of a tussle involving Diego Costa and an opposition defender.
Zouma responded and said Costa was always like that and he liked to “cheat”.
“Cazorla was stupid for his two challenges and Gabriel was stupid for getting involved, because Costa will wind you up”.
Ironically, Arsenal will use the Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic as a precedent in their attempts to get Gabriel’s ban cut if the claim of wrongful dismissal fails. A minute later, the Arsenal centre-back was sent off for kicking out at the Spanish global .
Arsenal’s Gabriel has also been charged with improper conduct by the FA, while both the Gunners and Chelsea face a fine after being accused by the game’s governing body of failing to control their players. Now the FA have charged him with violent conduct.
Both teams have also been charged with failing to control their players.
“It is surprising and I don’t understand Mike Dean’s decision at all, not on the sending-off – why does Diego Costa stay on the pitch and Gabriel sent off?”
Although Costa got away with only a yellow card, Graham says referees are now likely to seek to ensure he does not escape stricter punishment in future.