6 craziest Diego Costa scraps from chaotic Chelsea career – including eye gouge

Diego Costa could make a surprise debut for Wolves this weekend as he makes his much-anticipated return to English football.

Despite it being an undeniably enjoyable experience watching the Spaniard take to the pitch, it's less so for his footballing prowess and more so for his mastering of 's***housery' when it comes to the on-pitch battles.

The Daily Star has looked back at some of his more raucous appearances in a Chelsea shirt during his three years at the West London side where he certainly made an impression on Premier League fans, not necessarily for the right reasons.

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The Chelsea cult hero went on to make 120 appearances for the London side, finding the back of the net an impressive 59 times. Although if there was an analyst counting the number of fights he got himself into on the pitch it would undoubtedly be in triple figures, with the hard man known for being up for a fight.

Daily Star Sport looks at his more memorable confrontations in a Chelsea strip.

Mousa Dembele

An infamous incident that saw Dembele handed a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

In Tottenham's capitulation against Chelsea at the end of the 2015/16 Mousa Dembele was seen gouging Costa in the eye while players broke out in a brawl on the pitch.

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The referee at the time was none the wise as he tried to calm the tensions at Stamford Bridge as it appeared Tottenham had crumbled and handed Leicester City the league.

Dembele was punished severely after the footage was shared online, with the Belgian midfielder being given a six-game ban due to the three-match ban not being "sufficient" for the grab.

Steven Gerrard

Another track on Diego Costa's greatest hits album.

The Brazilian-born Spanish international made a nuisance of himself, to say the least, in Chelsea's League Cup semi-final win over Liverpool in January 2015.

The striker managed to have fights with Martin Skrtel and Emre Can throughout the match but the main one came when he and the Liverpool skipper tussled to the floor as they fought for the ball.

Costa appeared to drag the midfielder down to the floor before Gerrard tried to keep Costa down with him. When they both shot up off the turf, Costa went head-first over to Gerrard before the pair were pulled apart by their teammates.

They were both booked and told to get on with it as the tie finished 2-1 to Chelsea on aggregate.

Jamie Vardy

Two hot-headed icons of the Premier League went head to head – quite literally.

The scuffle took place thanks to an aggressive tackle from England forward Jamie Vardy as he wipes out Costa in the middle of the park during Leicester's 2-1 win over Chelsea in December 2015 on the Foxes' way to winning the title.

After wiping Costa out, the angry Spaniard rolled around for a second or two before going in with his toward Vardy, hurling abuse at the former non-league striker for his challenge.

Vardy was given a yellow for his troubles once the more intense name-calling was split up.

Gabriel Paulista & Laurent Koscielny

I guess it got to the point where scrapping one player was too easy, so Costa went for both Arsenal centre-backs in a ferocious scrap that saw Gabriel Paulista given his marching orders.

The fight broke out when the striker pushed and grabbed French defender Laurent Koscielny in the London derby that took place at the Emirates in September 2015.

After the initial scrap, Garbriel came over for his chunk of the action where he defended his teammate and the Brazilian was booked, before he then kicked out at the infuriating forward, with him being shown a second yellow.

Gareth Barry

Another timeless Diego Costa classic.

The striker was furious after the English midfielder fouled the striker, with him sprinting up to the Everton player and getting in his face during his side's FA Cup fixtures with the Merseyside team in March 2016.

Before he knew it Costa was headbutting and 'biting' Barry. The controversial fight sent the internet into meltdown as videos showed the Chelsea player making a biting motion with his mouth as he put his face in Barry's neck.

Despite the clear-as-day footage, Barry denied the striker biting him – just the little headbutt and a red card for his troubles.

Pablo Zabaleta

Another raucous fight earlier on in Costa's Chelsea career.

The fiery striker hit headlines as he was seen wrapping his hands around Pablo Zabaleta's neck during Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Man City in September 2014.

Thankfully for the striker he quickly pulled his hands away before the ref saw, with players from both sides splitting the pair up.

I guess this was a sign of things to come as the striker went on to wind up almost every rival fan in the Premier League with his continued antics through the years. Wolves have got themselves one of the 'kings of s***housery'.


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