‘There are people after me’: Costa Insists He Is Being Treated Unfairly
Brazilian-born Spanish football striker, Diego Costa has spoken up about what he considers the unfair treatment which has been meted out to him since he joined Chelsea in the summer of 2014.
The 26-year-old is of the opinion that he is the new villian of the English premier league since the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona. Costa who has gotten into trouble with the FA a number of times since arriving in England believes the kind of treatment being meted out to him is similar to that which he believes made former Liverpool striker, Luis Suarez to leave England.
“I think Luis Suarez left this country because of how he was treated and made out to be the bad guy,
“Do I feel like I have taken his place? That is crystal clear. It is obvious that there are people after me. If you do something wrong and it makes the papers, then okay, that’s fair.
“But when people are after you all of the time, when you’re always the headline that’s not fair. I hope they’re not after me. I hope it’s not the case. I hope it’s something that’s just in my head,” he told the London Evening Standard.
Costa went further to talk about his recent three-match ban which came after his clash with Laurent Koscielny in the London derby with Arsenal last September. Costa also had a clash with Arsenal’s Gabriel Paulista in the same game.
“The critics have to carry on what they do but they should always be truthful
“If I do something wrong, I am the first one to accept the criticism, I have no problem with that. For example, my behaviour in the game against Arsenal was not the best. “I know that, but it was not just me.
“There was someone else involved. Many, many times I get kicked, I get elbowed – that’s part of football. It happens on the pitch but I never complain. Football is a contact sport and people have to understand they can’t change it into theatre.
“Football has always been a contact sport, these things have always happened. But we are professionals and what happens on the pitch stays on the pitch. So after the game it’s all good. But if I keep getting banned for three games, it’s going to be hard to maintain my level.”
Chelsea goes head-to-head against West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday, October 24, 2015.