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Diego Costa facing the prospect of a three-match ban

  • Costa faces the prospect of a three-match ban, which would rule him out of Saturday's Premier League title showdown with Manchester City as well as matches against Everton and Aston Villa
  • There is no right of appeal
  • The incident happened in close proximity to the dugouts, but was missed by the officials
  • As the Capital One Cup is a Football League competition, the disciplinary process differs slightly from a Premier League match where a three-man panel of former referees would decide whether he should be charged
  • Referee Michael Oliver was asked by the FA whether he or any of the officials saw the incident and, as they did not, footage was reviewed
  • Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who earlier on Wednesday was fined £25,000 for claiming there was a "clear campaign" against Chelsea, has insisted that both stamps were "absolutely accidental"

Diego Costa charged: Full statement from the FA

Diego Costa has been charged by The FA for violent conduct following an on-field incident which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video. The charge is in relation to an incident involving the Chelsea forward and Liverpool's Emre Can which occurred in the 12th minute of the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge last night (Tuesday, January 27 2015).

The player has until 6pm on Thursday, January 29 2015 to respond to the charge. Following a review of an incident during the game involving Costa and Liverpool's Martin Skrtel, The FA will not be taking any further action.

– FA statement

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Chelsea prepare to host Liverpool

Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images Credit: Jose Mourinho & Brendan Rodgers

Chelsea are making final preperations for their Capital one cup second leg against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge tonight.

The tie is evenly poised after it finished 1-1 at Anfield last week.

Mourinho's men will be out to forget their FA Cup defeat to Bradford at the weekend.

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Could Chelsea end up playing a season at Wembley?

Chelsea could end up playing a season at Wembley Stadium if they go ahead and redevelop Stamford Bridge.

Wembley Stadium Credit: PA

Chelsea are keen to expand their current capacity from 41,623 to 60,000 in an attempt to compete with rivals Arsenal and Manchester United who attract weekly attendances of 60,000 and 75,000 at the Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford.

Stamford Bridge Credit: PA

Chelsea have already sounded out the Rugby Football Union over a temporary move to Twickenham Stadium. But that could be met with opposition from people living nearby.

There are few other alternatives which means the club may have to consider Wembley. Currently the number of events at the stadium is limited by the council to 37 a year because of issues with noise, parking and policing. Chelsea would need to change that, which could require a public consultation.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois signs new contract

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has signed a new five-year contract, the club confirms.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois Credit: PA

I'm very happy with this new deal, it's really nice to have signed this new contract for five years. My future was already sorted but it's nice to know I'm going to be here for another five years and now I can just concentrate on playing games.

– Thibaut Courtois

The news brings into doubt Cech's future at Stamford Bridge, with manager Jose Mourinho preferring Courtois at the start of the campaign. The 32-year-old Czech Republic goalkeeper has faced unfamiliar circumstances this season, beginning the season on the substitutes' bench.

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