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Diego Costa the pantomime villain of the EPL

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 22 Sep 2015

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been hit with a violent conduct charge by the FA

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been hit with a violent conduct charge by the FA

Not surprisingly after Saturday’s game between Chelsea and Arsenal, Blues striker Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by the FA for the now infamous incident involving the striker and Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny.

Arsenal defender Gabriel has also been charged with improper conduct by the FA, following his dismissal for kicking-out at Costa.

The Brazilian centre-back now faces a three game ban, although the Gunners are set to appeal his red card.


Without doubt Costa is a talented footballer and a hero to Chelsea fans, but the latest incidents involving the Spanish international have even had some Chelsea fans condemning his behaviour and character.

Even his teammate Kurt Zouma inadvertently branded Costa a ‘cheat’ in an interview after Saturday’s game. The young Frenchman has moved quickly to attempt to clarify his statement and blamed his poor command of the English language for the statement, but there was definitely some honesty in what he said.

Costa comes across as the sort of guy that could cause an argument in an empty room. He is nasty, sneaky and downright dirty on the football field, but by all accounts the Brazilian-born star is a nice guy off the field, even opening a school for under-privileged kids in his home town of Lagarto.

The Premier League has seen its fair share of panto villains in the past. The likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Luis Suarez and Didier Drogba all picked-up criticism for their play on the field and angered opposition supporters.

Yet Costa would no doubt fit the role of panto-villain the best. He would make a fantastic ugly sister in Cinderella that’s for sure. Maybe his agent needs to in touch with the Palladium he could moonlight with the Christmas panto season just a few months away!


Diego Costa does not so much bend the rules, more like breaks the rules, stamps on them and then elbows them in the face. The striker cannot even see the line, because he has usually stepped that far over it.

The striker has incredibly never been sent-off in his professional career in European football. That is because he usually commits all his misdemeanours out of the sight of the officials.

He is a master of the dark arts, it seems he will do basically anything he can on a football field to win, or get the edge over opposition players.


The 26-year-old is a vital player for Chelsea. He was one of the players that turned Chelsea from nearly-men to champions last season. He was the predator in the box that the Blues had previously lacked.

He is the sort of player that most teams and fans would prefer to be in their team than in the opposition. The Spanish international is a constant threat to opposition defences, when he is not assaulting opponents.


Chelsea has until 6PM to appeal the decision of violent conduct, as Costa now faces a three-match ban. With video evidence pointing to Costa’s guilt, it looks unlikely that Chelsea is going to appeal the decision.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho will now have to without Costa for a few games, with strikers Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy now likely to fill in for the Brazil-born star.


Diego Costa will never change the way he plays the game, because that’s part of who he is on the field. The striker will always be a pest on the field, he will always have little niggles at defenders and that will never change.

It seems the striker picks-up one ban a season for violent conduct and that is not likely to change just because the FA have given him this latest charge. Diego Costa will not change, so everybody in English may just have to get used to his antics.

Does Diego Costa deserve a three-match ban for his violent conduct?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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Costa is a c**t. Glad he’s banned. And hope other players will do same to him as he did to Laurent and Gabriel…Lets see how he likes it.

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