GUUS HIDDINK has accused football’s authorities of being out to “get” Diego Costa.
The controversial striker missed Chelsea‘s match against West Ham at Stamford Bridge after being sent off in the previous weekend’s FA Cup sixth round defeat at Everton.
Costa escaped punishment for an apparent bite on the Toffees’ Gareth Barry and also for what looked like a gesture to fans at Goodison Park.
But he could still face an extension to his two-match ban for his conduct after being dismissed by referee Michael Oliver. He will find out his fate next week.
Hiddink said: “If they cannot prove the bite, sometimes they look for where else they can chase him. Diego is marked.
“If the player is bit by bit provoked – and we all do it – it’s part of the game, how far can you get someone out of his comfort zone and into the red zone?
“What I smell and don’t like, is that we both had the feeling the authorities thought they could not charge him on the bite. ‘But let’s see what else we can get him for’.”
Surely Hiddink is having a lend.
There is no player in the Premier League who provokes and goads opponents more than Costa.
The only surprising thing about the Spaniard’s dismissal against Everton was that it was his first red card for Chelsea.
At long last justice has been served and Costa has got his just deserts after being directly responsible for numerous opponents being sent off through his unscrupulous antics.
As for Hiddink’s comment ‘let’s see what else we can get him for’, the answer is simple. Don’t put yourself in the situation Costa did – and does on a regular basis – and the officials won’t have anything to look at.
Is Costa treated harshly by the officials?