Hiddink: FA Has A Vendetta Against Diego Costa

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Diego Costa Might Leave Chelsea

With Mourinho, it was an agenda against Chelsea and himself. With Guus Hiddink, the Football Association is looking for ways to discipline Costa.

The Spain international will miss Chelsea’s clash with West Ham later today, after he was hit with a ban for an altercation with Gareth Barry in the quarterfinals loss to Everton in the FA cup.

Replays suggest Costa bit Barry, with both players vehemently denying such vile action occurred.

Costa was later cleared of any wrongdoing after he made an offensive gesture towards Everton fans at halftime, but faces an extension to his ban via an improper conduct charge relating to his actions after his sending off.

And Hiddink is uneasy over the rap sheet with which his forward, who was left out of Spain’s international squad on Friday, is being confronted.

“First, everyone wants to get on his kiss or ‘bite’, and Barry made a very good statement by saying what has not happened in this case,” said the veteran Dutchman.

“Maybe there was a little bit of searching for where we can get Diego, and there he was frustrated.

“If you cannot prove the bite sometimes, in my opinion, they are looking a bit for where they can chase him. The officials [the FA administration].

“He is a bit marked in this. I know it’s difficult. If the player is frequently bit by bit provoked, you [opponents] play a bit with that.

“It’s part of the game, how far can you get someone out of his comfort zone and into the red zone?

“I have said I cannot guarantee Diego will not explode but I sometimes get the impression they [the authorities] go for him.

“What I smell and didn’t like, and what I spoke about with Diego this week, is we both had the feeling they could not charge him on the kiss, but ‘let’s see what else we can get him for.'”



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