Chelsea striker Diego Costa has hit out at the refereeing in English football in comparison to Spain, protesting his innocence once again after being accused of overly physical play, CaughtOffside reports.
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The 26-year-old, who has had a superb first season in the Premier League in terms of goals, has made himself somewhat unpopular with what is seen as an overly aggressive approach to the game.
Still, Costa himself believes he is being punished for things that defenders aren’t, and that they wouldn’t get away with it in La Liga.
“Some players try to put me out of the game,” he said.
“But I’m getting to control my temper better all the time, and I just set out to play my normal game.
“When I think about English defenders the word nobility doesn’t come to mind. They kick me all the time, just like they did in Spain.
“But I don’t complain. They go in hard on me, but over here the refs don’t give me free kicks whereas they do in Spain.”