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Stoke steward's complaint about Chelsea striker Diego Costa is resolved

Diego Costa (left) squares up to Stoke players. Credit: PA

A Stoke City steward's claim that Diego Costa stamped on him was refuted as "utter nonsense" and then apparently resolved.

Moments after the Blues' 1-0 loss at the Britannia, a member of Stoke's security staff reported Costa to the referee after an incident on the touchline.

TV footage of the alleged incident showed Chelsea striker Costa going to retrieve the ball for a throw-in and then appearing to make contact with the steward with his foot.

A Chelsea spokesperson responded simply: "Utter nonsense". It is understood that the issue was then dealt with amicably and put to bed.

Referee Anthony Taylor will now include the incident in his match report, but further action would appear highly unlikely.


West Brom hold leaders Chelsea after last-minute goal

West Brom striker Victor Anichebe celebrates his late equaliser Credit: PA Wire

Victor Anichebe grabbed a late equaliser for West Brom on a night when Jose Mourinho's Chelsea barely looked like potential Premier League champions.

Chelsea were poised to move four points clear at the top of the table on the back of defender Branislav Ivanovic's injury-time strike in the first half at The Hawthorns.

But substitute Anichebe flicked home his third goal of the season in the 87th minute to make it 1-1 and thwart the Blues, who had lost on their last two visits to this part of the West Midlands.

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FA Community Shield date at Villa Park confirmed

The FA have confirmed the kick-off time and the ticket prices for this year's FA Community Shield at Villa Park.

The kick-off for the match contested by Chelsea and Manchester City will be 1.30pm on the 12th August, with ticket prices being £45, £35, £25 and £20.

On-sale ticket details and allocations to the clubs are yet to be announced.

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