Even by the aggressive, provocative standards of Diego Costa, the Chelsea striker’s on-pitch behaviour against Stoke City was particularly bizarre.
The Premier League’s most popular man (*sarcasm*) had little impact on the actual game, barely threatening the Stoke goal during his side’s 1-0 defeat. That was largely because he spent most of the match having one of his trademark running battles with a big centre-back – this time with Ryan Shawcross.
The Stoke captain isn’t exactly shy about physical confrontation with opponents, so gave as good as got.
Even so, Costa reached new levels of childishness when he was caught on camera pointing at his armpit, making a funny face – and clearly suggesting that Shawcross has something of a body odour problem.
Very sensibly, the Stoke man simply smiled and walked away. In fact, it was left to his wife Kath to make an “official” response to Costa’s bizarre accusation…
Made sure @Ryanshawy put his deodorant on this evening ??? pic.twitter.com/AyJfMi6BmG
— Kath Shawcross (@kathbuckley) November 7, 2015
Well played, Shawcrosses. As all parents know, there’s no point in engaging with a child when he/she is behaving badly…