After overturning Gabriel’s red card picked up on Saturday, the FA have continued their good work by banning Diego Costa for three games.

Of course, they have also let Mike Dean off scot-free, so they still have some work to do as they continue to clean up his mess, but this is all a step in the right direction.

The ban won’t help Arsenal and it probably won’t even change Costa who has actually missed 12 games through being banned since he last picked up an actual red card. That he’ll miss three matches that don’t matter while Gabriel missed half of one that really did shows that the retrospective punishment rule still needs improving.

About the ban, a statement on the FA’s website said

An FA charge against Diego Costa for violent conduct not seen by the match officials but caught on video has been found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

The Chelsea forward will, therefore, serve the standard penalty of a three-match suspension with immediate effect. 

The charge, which the player denied, was in relation to an incident involving Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny in the 43rd minute of the game on Saturday [19 September 2015].

He denied it!

In reality, he should also have been charged for scratching Gabriel’s neck and kicking out at the Ox while Kurt Zouma got away with nothing for grabbing Gabriel by the throat.

Justice hasn’t quite been served, but what we’re seeing today is a lot more appetising than the fare we were dished up at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.

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