Gabriel might be the recipient of the pettiest red card in Premier League history.
After a pathetic bout of ‘handbags’ with Diego Costa – which saw the Chelsea striker escape with a booking despite catching Gabriel with a flailing arm – the Arsenal defender childishly flicked his studs against his adversary. Right in front of the referee.
It was act that sent Costa into full-blown manipulation mode, sucking up to referee Mike Dean and demanding a red card – a wish that was granted shortly afterwards
Twitter, on the other hand, exploded over Costa’s largely unpunished goading:
20 – Number of players Diego Costa has to punch in the face before he gets sent off during a match. Physical.
— OptaJoke (@OptaJoke) September 19, 2015
Diego Costa is an EMBARRASSMENT to football….what a disgrace!!!!! HOW does Gabriel get thrown out and not Costa???
— Jeinny Lizarazo (@Jeinnylizarazo) September 19, 2015
Costa is who Mourinho would’ve been if he was a player
— Babak Golriz (@BabakGolriz) September 19, 2015
Diego Costa bullies you into emptying your pockets then tells the teacher on you because he cut his finger on your pencil.
— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) September 19, 2015
Going to church now for my cousin’s wedding. Will pray for Diego Costa’s sins, the filthy cheat.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 19, 2015