Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has apologised for calling Diego Costa a cheat, after attempting to defend him in an interview earlier today.
Costa has been criticised for his part in Gabriel’s red card in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal, he has been criticised for his aggressive behavior in the La Liga and the EPL.
But Zouma who opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge, says he and his teammates likes Costa’s confrontational attitude.
Asked whether he was shocked by Costa’s actions by beIN Sport, he replied: “No, we’re not surprised because we know Diego.
“Everyone knows Diego and this guy likes to cheat a lot and put the opponent out of his game.
“That happened in the game but he’s a really nice guy. We’re proud to have him, like the other players, and we’re happy to win this game.”
However, in a message later posted on Twitter, Zouman apologised for his use of the word “cheat” but reiterated his support for Costa.
“Sorry for any confusion, English is not my first language & I did not mean to accuse anyone of cheating. Simply to say ….”
“….Diego is a player who puts pressure on his opponents & who I have huge respect for.”