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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.


Stoke knock holders Chelsea out of Capital One Cup

Stoke City players celebrate winning the penalty shoot-out Credit: PA

Stoke City are through to the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup after beating the holders Chelsea on penalties.

Jonathan Walters' 52nd minute goal put the Potters ahead, before Loic Remy, on for the injured Diego Costa before half-time, fired home in injury-time to equalise.

Stoke then lost Phil Bardsley to a second yellow card shortly after.

With no score in extra time, the game went to penalties which ended 5-4, after Eden Hazard's spot-kick was saved by Jack Butland.

Stoke take 1-0 win at Swansea

Stoke City's Bojan Krkic (second right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with his team-mates Credit: PA

Stoke climbed above Swansea in the Premier League table as Bojan Krkic's early penalty saw the Potters win back-to-back top-flight games for the first time since December 2011.

The game's decisive moment came as early as the third minute when Ashley Williams brought down Bojan and the Spaniard confidently tucked away his second goal of the season to send Stoke to a 1-0 victory which moves them to 11th place in the Premier League.


Stoke sign Barcelona winger Moha El Ouriachi

Barcelona winger Moha El Ouriachi Credit: Phil Greig/Stoke City

Stoke City have announced the signing of winger Moha El Ouriachi from Barcelona for an undisclosed fee.

The nineteen-year-old has already represented Spain at youth level and has been called up by Morocco to their Under-23 squad.

He could make his first appearance for the Potters in their Asia Trophy game against Everton in Singapore today.

The Premier League side have not announced the length of El Ouriachi's contract.

Stoke City continue summer recruitment

Stoke City have continued their summer recruitment drive, signing former Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, and Chelsea midfielder, Marco van Ginkel.

Given in action for Aston Villa Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Given has signed a two-year deal with the club, and van Ginkel joins on a season-long loan.

The veteran Irish international replaces Thomas Sorenson, who left the Potters at the end of the last season, although Stoke look set to lose another goalkeeper, with reports suggesting Asmir Begovic is close to joining Chelsea.

That's where Marco van Ginkel has come from - the Dutchman seeing his chances at Chelsea limited after spending last season out on loan at AC Milan.

I know Shay particularly well from our time together at Manchester City and I'm really looking forward to working with him again.

He will not only be a great asset on the pitch as an outstanding goalkeeper but he's also a fantastic character to have in the dressing room and around the club - a true professional."

– Mark Hughes, Stoke City manager

Nigel Pearson nominated for Manager of the Month

The Leicester City manager, Nigel Pearson, has been nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Month award for April.

Leicester managed a miraculous turn-around in form in April, winning four games in a row before losing to Chelsea. Another win this month meant they're now one point and two places clear of the relegation places.

Pearson has been joined in the nominations by Chelsea's Jose Mourinho, Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

Two Leicester players have also been nominated for Premier League Player of the Month.

Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel have both been crucial to Leicester's revival in April.

They face competition for the accolade from two other Midlands players too - Christian Benteke has found scoring form once more under Tim Sherwood, while Stoke City's Charlie Adam scored some spectacular goals in April, including a goal-of-the-season contender in the Potters' defeat at Chelsea.

Chelsea captain John Terry and Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera.

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