Man United legend leaps to the defence of Chelsea’s Diego Costa

Paul Scholes feels that Diego Costa deserves praise for being 'patient' after being provoked

Paul Scholes has defended Diego Costa after the Chelsea striker was charged with violent conduct for his alleged stamp on Emre Can.

The Brazilian-born forward could receive a three-game ban if found guilty of the offence in the wake of Chelsea’s 1-0 League Cup semi-final win over Liverpool on Tuesday night.

Spain international Costa, 26, was also involved in another incident with Martin Skrtel during the clash in west London.

However, Manchester United legend Scholes has stuck up for the striker, claiming that he deserves to be praised for being “patient” when being provoked by opposition players.

“As for Diego Costa, I see it differently to the rest,” Scholes wrote in his Independent column.

“I thought his actions were at the lower end of the scale of dangerous and that he was under extreme provocation from Martin Skrtel, who has wound him up before this season.

“My view of it was that Costa gets kicked a lot and actually his patience is to be admired in many, if not all, situations.”

Costa has scored 17 Premier League goals for Chelsea since joining the west London club from Atletico Madrid last summer.

He has also made two assists for his team-mates to help Jose Mourinho’s men top the Premier League table.

If found guilty, Costa would miss Saturday’s crunch Premier League clash with defending champions Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

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