Chelsea striker Diego Costa avoids FA charge over gestures to Everton fans

The Football Association have announced that Chelsea strikerDiego Costa will face no further action over a gesture he made towards Everton fans in last weekend’s FA Cup game, following an investigation into the matter.
Costa, who still has to face an improper conduct charge after being sent off in the FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Goodison Park, was asked to provide his side of events to officials after allegedly making an offensive gesture towards Everton supporters during half-time of an ill-tempered game.
After hearing the forward’s observations, and taking into account other evidence, the FA have decided the Spain international will not be charged with a further offence for the incident.
An FA statement read: “Having considered the evidence and Diego Costa’s observations in relation to a gesture the Chelsea forward made towards Everton supporters at half-time of Saturday’s FA Cup Sixth Round tie, The FA is satisfied no further action is required.
“The player has until 6pm on Thursday 17 March 2016 to respond to his misconduct charge in relation to the same game.”
That charge relates to Costa’s behaviour following his dismissal, where he appeared to get in a confrontation with Everton’s Gareth Barry and then angrily interacted with referee Michael Oliver.
Costa was accused of biting Barry during the clash, although Barry subsequently denied that was the case.

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