Arsene Wenger anger at Diego Costa’s ‘unacceptable behaviour’

first_img The Gunners saw centre-half Gabriel sent off just before half-time following a series of altercations with Costa after he had man-handled Laurent Koscielny. Chelsea went on to win at home for the first time in the Barclays Premier League this season as Kurt Zouma headed in a free-kick from one-time Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger launched a scathing attack on the dirty tactics of Chelsea striker Diego Costa and labelled referee Mike Dean naive after losing 2-0 at Chelsea, where his side finished with only nine men. Press Association Asked if he felt retrospective action from the Football Association was called for, Wenger replied: “That is the least they could do, but he will do the same again next week and the week after and he always gets away with it. “For me, it is always in provocation and he uses well the naivety of Mike Dean today. “Look at the pictures, it tells you a lot on slow motion. Before the cross comes in he hits him. “The fact is surprising that Diego Costa got away with what he did, that we go into half-time with a red card and he stays on the pitch. “They (referees) are professional people, and they have to make the right decision.” Unsurprisingly, Mourinho backed Costa, declaring his striker was “man of the match”. The Portuguese coach said: “Of course not (a red card). The referee was there, it was the same referee that made every decision of the game, was the same referee that didn’t give two penalties, clear, for us. It’s also the rules of the game. “What Gabriel Paulista did to Eden Hazard is something that is allowed in rugby and not in football, and in the box it’s a penalty. “And in the second half, I don’t know which player it was (Bellerin) but he did the same on Diego Costa. In rugby it’s fantastic, in football it’s a penalty.” Mourinho continued: “If you want to speak about Diego Costa with me, it’s just to say he played like he has to play. “That is why you have full stadiums, you sell to televisions around the world for millions and millions because the game has to be played like that. Okay? “And that’s why tomorrow for what I consider comparable in terms of dedication and passion, I go to New Zealand against Argentina (in the Rugby World Cup). I go tomorrow because I love it. Fantastic, Diego.” Asked if he was concerned over potential retrospective action, Mourinho said: “Look, I think he said before the game that I have to cope with my defeats. Tonight he has to cope with his defeat.” Chelsea started with captain John Terry on the bench but Mourinho again played down any rift. He said: “John Terry doesn’t need me to speak with him because he knows what I feel, what I think. “He knows that if I have to choose one out of 25 to be my man he is the first. He knows that I care about him, as a person, as a player. He knows that nothing is at risk. “If you want to paint a dark picture, I ask you please don’t do it because it’s not the reality. He’s in great condition and in a great situation with the manager and with the club.” The Football Association is likely to await Dean’s match report before deciding whether or not Costa has a case to answer. The fact he was booked in the original incident could indicate the referee saw it, but whether he saw it in its entirety could be key. Dean’s report is likely to be submitted on Monday. Any hopes of an Arsenal comeback had ended when Santi Cazorla collected a second yellow card with 11 minutes left before Eden Hazard’s late shot ricocheted off Calum Chambers past Petr Cech, returning to face his old club. While Wenger accepted Gabriel had been guilty for not controlling himself, flicking out a backheel at Chelsea forward Costa as they returned to the halfway line having both been cautioned, there was no doubt of the main culprit. “He can do what he wants, he stays on and everybody else who responds to him has to be sent off. I think it is unacceptable his behaviour,” said Wenger, who had earlier shaken hands with bitter rival Mourinho ahead of kick-off. “If you look well at the pictures what he does to Koscielny before he pushes him down he hits him in the face and the throat, he always gets away with it. “It is surprising and I don’t understand Mike Dean’s decision at all, not on the sending-off – why does Diego Costa stay on the pitch and Gabriel sent off? ” Okay I accept he has not to react at all. Gabriel is guilty for getting involved of course, he should not have responded at all, but Koscielny had no choice. Wenger added: “We expect that kind of game and were not surprised, but you expect the referee to make the right decision. “I don’t deny Gabriel is sent off, he deserves it, but he (Costa) goes down well.” last_img read more

ACC Roundup: Upset in Louisville, mercy rule employed for Boston College and more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Week 2 of college football didn’t disappoint after an exciting Week 1. There was an upset at Louisville, shortened quarters in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and Atlantic Coast Conference play opened:Intra-conference matchups: Syracuse’s (2-0, 1-0 ACC) defense tightened up in the second-half of Saturday’s game to stop Wake Forest (1-1, 0-1) while the Orange’s true freshman quarterback Eric Dungey led a charge to capture the 30-17 Syracuse victory in the Carrier Dome.You can read all The Daily Orange’s coverage of the game here.Winners:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo. 10 Florida State (2-0), despite having just 6 passing yards at halftime from transfer quarterback Everett Golson, broke the 7-7 tie with South Florida in the second half when sophomore running back Dalvin Cook erupted. Cook finished with the second-best rushing day in school history with 266 rushing yards as the Seminoles won 34-14.Florida Atlantic started its backup quarterback and lost its starting running back after the first half, yet the score was knotted at 20 with Miami (2-0) in the third quarter. Five FAU turnovers gave Miami the ball often and Hurricanes running back Mark Walton didn’t squander the opportunities, rushing for three touchdowns.Sitting on the sideline in a neck brace out indefinitely, Mike Williams, the All-ACC Clemson receiver, saw his team get off to a sluggish start only to come roaring back. No. 12 Clemson (2-0) crushed Appalachian State — for which there’d be no Michigan magic — 41-10 Saturday afternoon behind quarterback Deshaun Watson’s three touchdown passes.Boston College (2-0) demolished Howard, 76-0. Tyler Rouse ran for three scores before the second-half quarters were shortened from 15 minutes to 10. Boston College coach Steve Addazio still wanted to prepare for his team’s upcoming Friday night national TV matchup against Florida State, but didn’t want to keep pressing. Redshirt Troy Flutie, the nephew of BC legend Doug Flutie — threw his first career touchdown.For the second game in a row, No. 16 Georgia Tech (2-0) dominated its opponent en route to a relaxing second half. The Yellow Jackets blew out Tulane 65-10 and quarterback Justin Thomas, who played one quarter in the Georgia Tech Week 1 win, threw two touchdowns.Despite eventually losing to unanimous No. 1 Ohio State in Week 1, Virginia Tech (1-1) entered halftime of that game with a lead. The Hokies had lost quarterback Michael Brewer in the second half and backup Brenden Motley entered. Motley led Virginia Tech to a 42-3 win over Furman in Week 2, throwing for two scores and running for another.Thirteen minutes of the first quarter had passed when Duke (2-0) scored its first touchdown on a 24-yard Thomas Sirk pass. It’s the longest stretch the Blue Devils went without scoring all game as Duke went on to score six more touchdowns and kick two field goals in the final three quarters. The Blue Devils beat North Carolina Central 55-0 on Saturday.North Carolina (1-1) took care of an in-state foe Saturday when it defeated North Carolina A&T by a score of 53-14. The Tar Heels led 36-0 at halftime behind two Brandon Fritts touchdown catches and two more Elijah Hood touchdown runs.After failing to score in the first quarter, North Carolina State (2-0) punched in five touchdowns to beat Eastern Kentucky 35-0. Matthew Dayes ran for three scores in the second half and finished the day with 116 yards on 24 carries.Last September, Akron stunned Pittsburgh with a 21-10 victory at Heinz Field. This September, no such thing happened. Pittsburgh (2-0) punished the Zips 24-7 in Akron. Tennessee transfer Nate Peterman threw for a career-high 148 yards and his first collegiate touchdown after taking over for starter Chad Voytik in the second quarter. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said he’ll still employ the two-quarterback rotation system in the foreseeable future.Losers: A week after playing a tight road contest with, but losing to, No. 6 Auburn, Louisville (0-2) was upset at home. Houston had no problem scoring as quarterback Greg Ward Jr. threw two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a 15-yard game-winner with 3:09 left. The Cougars special teams blocked a Cardinals 53-yard field-goal attempt to tie with 54 seconds remaining. Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino pulled starting quarterback Lamar Jackson in the fourth quarter and replaced him with Kyle Bolin.No. 9 Notre Dame’s 34-27 win over Virginia (0-2) came at a cost. The Fighting Irish lost starting quarterback Malik Zaire for the rest of the season when he broke his ankle in the third quarter on a designed quarterback run. A week ago against Texas, Notre Dame’s starting running back Tarean Folston was injured. The backups, quarterback Deshone Kizer and running back C.J. Prosise combined for 247 total yards and three touchdowns in the comeback win. Comments Published on September 13, 2015 at 2:24 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TRlast_img read more