Guus Hiddink laid the blame for the controversial incident on the stroke of half time involving Diego Costa and Juan Carlos Paredes at the door of the Watford player.
Both Costa and Paredes were shown the yellow card for an unsavoury incident in front of the dug outs, one that required Quique Sanchez Flores to calm down the striker he worked with at Atletico Madrid and led to Costa heading down the tunnel to a cacophony of boos.
“It was very clear,” said Hiddink. “I was just ten yards away, Parades punched Diego in the back and they stumbled. Then Paredes brought his hands to his head and Diego was nowhere near his head. It was provocation to get someone off the pitch. I’m happy the referee and the assistant saw it. It was a pity it happened. There was no way Diego was close to his face. It’s a man’s game.”
Troy Deeney was not impressed by the reaction of Chelsea’s petulant No9.
“The incident with Costa in the first half, it’s just new-age football isn’t it, slightest little touch and everyone goes rolling around,” Deeney told BT Sport. “The ref had spoken to him and so if he has to be spoken to again then it’s a yellow card. It did get a bit handbags, but is modern day football. If we were playing Sunday League football you would get laughed at. Everyone tries to get everyone sent off, I don’t really like it and I will be having a word with Paredes on our side.”