Liverpool: Controversial Chelsea striker Diego Costa insisted yesterday that he did not bite the neck of Gareth Barry during his team's 0-2 FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Everton.
Chelsea Diego Costa (right) confronts Everton's Gareth Barry during Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Goodison Park
Costa was shown a second yellow card by referee Michael Oliver after 84 minutes following an altercation with the Everton midfielder in which he moved his head towards his opponent and appeared to place his mouth on his neck in an attempted bite.
However, Costa was adamant there was no foul play after a defeat which effectively ended Chelsea's season.
"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," said a Chelsea statement.
Everton's Barry also clarified that Costa did not bite him. "Seen a lot of talk about the incident involving me and Diego Costa in the game last night. For the record Diego did not bite me," Barry wrote on the Fanzai app.
Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku insisted he had nothing to prove to his old club after his two spectacular late goals earned Everton the win over his former employers. The 22-year-old Belgian had his path to first team football blocked at Stamford Bridge, moving to Goodison Park on a season-long loan before signing in a 36.1 million euros permanent deal in the summer of 2014.
Now, with 25 goals for Everton this season, that investment by Roberto Martinez looks a sound one. "I don't have anything to prove. There is a bit of emotion. I went there as an 18-year-old and learnt my trade to be a professional footballer. But I moved on, like they did," Lukaku said.