Former England international Paul Parker was clearly not impressed with the Chelsea striker’s antics against Liverpool and labelled him a disgrace, in his Eurosport Blog.
The 50-year-old, who made more than 100 appearances for Manchester United, said he had been taken aback with the Spanish international’s actions in La Liga but thought he had become even more confrontational since his move to the Premier League under Jose Mourinho.
The ex-Chelsea defender opened with: ‘’We often hear the denial in football that a certain player ‘isn’t that kind of player’, but if there is a player who is that kind of player, it has to be Diego Costa. That’s just a fact.’’
After arguing his own views on the incidents against Liverpool, where Parker labelled the Brazilian-born forward a disgrace, he then went on comment on his previous misdemeanours.
‘’He has been disrespectful to other teams, he has been disrespectful to other managers, he has been disrespectful to other cliubs,’’ explained Parker. ‘’This is a man who went over and poked Tito Vilanova in the eye. It is disgraceful.’’
The actions by Costa, if made by anyone else on the pitch, would have perhaps been surprising but as we know by his history, Costa is a player that relishes the nasty side of the game and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty.
Parker ended his rant about Chelsea by deflecting the blame for the Spaniard’s actions on to Mourinho and admitted that ‘Chelsea aren’t everybody’s second favourite team for a reason’.
Following the incidents, the referee failed to note them in his match report and therefore allowed the FA to take retrospective punishment against the former Atletico Madrid striker – a decision they quickly decided to act upon and punish him with a three-match ban.
Nevertheless, Chelsea have decided to contest the decision and have since cancelled their pre-match press conference, scheduled for Friday, speculated to be in response to the FA’s retrospective punishment.
As the FA were quick to dish out the punishment and showed no signs of any doubt, it seems unreasonable for the Blues to expect them recant their decision. If anything, the decision to appeal the ban is likely to backfire as it can now be extended by the FA for an extra game.