Suspended Chelsea striker Diego Costa admits he is “no angel”, but insists his stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can was an accident.
The Spain international was handed a three-match ban, the first game of which was served in his team’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City, for violent conduct.
Costa appeared to stamp on Can’s ankle – one of several confrontations he had during Chelsea’s League Cup semi-final second-leg win over Liverpool.
Speaking to reporters, the 26-year-old insisted the Can incident was accidental.
“As far as what happened on Tuesday, the main thing is when I get home I can go to sleep knowing that I’ve not done anything wrong, because I never meant to do that and it was not on purpose,” Costa said.
“And you can clearly see that on the video. But it is a suspension. I have to accept that, I have to take it.
“Obviously I feel sad because I’m not going to be able to help the team, to play. But I have accept it and respect it.”
Costa’s confrontational and physical style has been questioned, but he has scored 17 goals – a league-high – for his table-topping team.
Culled from: http://www.dailytimes.com.ng/article/i%E2%80%99m-no-angel-costa-confesses-after-can-stamp