Diego Costa was involved in a controversial moment in Chelsea’s FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Everton as he appeared to attempt to bite Gareth Barry.
The Blues forward, who was already on a yellow card, jumped to his feet to confront Barry after a late challenge from the 35-year-old, butting his head against the midfielder before biting down close to, if not directly on his opponent’s neck.
Referee Michael Oliver proceeded to show the Spain international a second yellow card, with Costa muttering under his breath in frustration as he exited the field, clearly angry at his side’s collapse against the Toffees.
Speaking to BBC Sport after a game that Chelsea would go on to lose 2-0 courtesy of two goals from Romelu Lukaku, Ruud Gullit said of the alleged bite: “I think it’s the reaction. He’s [Costa] banging into him, Barry says ‘okay, what do you want?’. Did he bite him?
Alan Shearer added: “It’s tiresome from him now. He spends too much time abusing and fighting and scrapping. Ability, yes. But you can’t do that every game because you turn the ref against you.”
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