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Diego Costa denies biting Gareth Barry after FA Cup sending-off

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:54 IST

Chelsea forward Gareth Barry has denied biting Everton midfielder Gareth Barry after being sent off during the two team's FA Cup clash on Saturday, 12 March.

Chelsea were beaten 2-0 in the quarter-final clash at Goodison Park, with former player Romelu Lukaku scoring a brace late in the second half.

A frustrated Diego Costa then appeared to bite rival Gareth Barry in the 84th minute, for which he was shown a second yellow card by referee Michael Oliver.

However, the player has denied biting Barry in an official statement released by his club.

"Diego spoke to club officials after the game and expressed regret over his reaction to the challenge from Gareth Barry that led to his red card. But Diego was also very clear that he did not bite him at any point during that altercation," the statement read.

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink had earlier laughed off the incident, saying, "There are movies about that. I have seen that film (Anger Management). Maybe we will go and watch it together. I try to be fair in my judgement and I haven't see it (the incident) so far. But without wanting to give a judgement, he was chased a bit in the game as well."

First published: 13 March 2016, 1:52 IST