The main talking point to emerge from Chelsea’s loss to Everton yesterday was Diego Costa’s alleged bite on Gareth Barry. The former Aston Villa and Manchester City midfielder appeared to have been bitten in the neck by the Spanish striker, and the evidence does not make for pleasant viewing for those jumping to Costa’s defence.
The controversial striker received his first red card for Chelsea, and the Pensioners crashed out of the FA Cup.
However, Barry has played down the incident with the former Atletico striker.
“Seen quite a lot of talk abut the incident involving me and Diego Costa in the game last night. For the record Diego did not bite me.”
A club spokesman also refuted claims that there was a bite.
“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.”
Yesterday’s loss ends Chelsea’s interest in silverware for the season, and they must now start to build towards next season.
This talk of biting is not the kind of press that the club will want, and Barry’s comments will help to play them down.
Hat-tip to RTÉ.