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Chelsea striker Diego Costa charged with violent conduct for Liverpool stamp

Costa has been charged with violent conduct by the FA. Credit: PA

Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association following an alleged stamp on Emre Can in the League Cup semi-final second leg on Tuesday night.

The striker has been offered a deadline of 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.

It's not the first time Costa has created a storm for his fiery behaviour on the pitch, and here we look at the long list of controversies he has caused.

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Jose Mourinho pleads with Chelsea fans to give him 25% of Liverpool atmosphere

Jose Mourinho has repeated his plea for a noisy Stamford Bridge when Chelsea play Liverpool next week for a place in the League Cup final.

Mourinho wants Chelsea's biggest fans to make themselves heard. Credit: PA

The Blues drew 1-1 at Anfield on Tuesday night and play the Reds in the semi-final second-leg bidding for a place in the March 1 final at Wembley.

Mourinho, who won the League Cup twice in his first spell at the club, was critical of Chelsea fans following November's win over QPR, saying he felt his side were playing in an "empty stadium".

The Portuguese believes a partisan crowd can make a big difference next week against Brendan Rodgers' visitors.

It was a two-leg semi-final, now it's a one-leg semi-final. That says a lot.

Two legs is difficult, Anfield is difficult and with this result we transform a two-leg semi-final into a one-leg semi-final at Stamford Bridge.

If Stamford Bridge can give us 25 per cent of the emotion Anfield gives Liverpool, I think we can do it. Liverpool, instead of 40,000 fans, they will have five or 10 (thousand).

Chelsea, instead of 1,000, will have 40,000. I hope that can make a difference in the atmosphere.

– Jose Mourinho speaking to Chelsea TV

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Spanish youngster Suso critical of Liverpool after joining AC Milan

January is the month of parting shots and former Liverpool winger Suso has fired one in the direction of his former club today.

Suso has moved to Italian giants AC Milan. Credit: PA

The Spanish youngster has celebrated his move to AC Milan by criticising Liverpool for refusing to meet his wage demands, and failing to show trust in his football abilities.

Speaking to Spanish publication Marca, the 21 year-old said:

My contract was set to expire in June and Liverpool's offers did not satisfy me, neither economically nor in a sporting sense.

I arrived very much as a boy and I have learned a lot. I have grown, but I have not noticed a lot of trust in me.

I wanted a change of scenery. And Milan offers me everything that I needed.

– Suso speaking to Marca

Liverpool legend Carragher describes Arsenal dressing room antics as 'an absolute joke'

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Jamie Carragher has described the dressing room celebration photo posted by Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey as "an absolute joke."

Speaking in his role as Sky Sports pundit on Monday night, Liverpool legend Carragher took exception to the Gunners' post match celebrations following Sunday's impressive victory at Man City.

The former Premier League defend believes it was behaviour more befitting of a team who had won a trophy rather than a league match in January.

It's winding me up - it's an absolute joke.

It was one giant going to another giant. Of course celebrate, but it’s nonsense all of these team pics in dressing rooms - normally you have them with a cup! It’s nonsense and they need to stop doing it.

– Jamie Carragher speaking to Sky Sports
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