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Chelsea striker Diego Costa banned for three matches

Costa has been handed a three match ban by the FA Credit: PA

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been banned for three matches with immediate effect after being found guilty of violent conduct, the Football Association has announced.

The striker had appealed the decision after claiming his 'stamp' on Liverpool midfielder Emre Can was accidental.

He will now miss Chelsea's next three matches starting with Saturday's top-of-the-table Premier League clash against Man City at Stamford Bridge.

A statement from the FA confirmed:

Diego Costa will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a charge of violent conduct against him was found proven by an independent regulatory commission today (Friday, January 30, 2015).

The Chelsea forward had denied the charge in relation to an on-field incident involving Liverpool's Emre Can which occurred in the 12th minute of the League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

The incident was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

– FA statement