By Tony Hughes
Moussa Dembele could be slapped with a 10-match ban for his attempt to gouge Diego Costa’s eye, according to a report.
The Belgium international is facing a lengthy ban if he is found to have deliberately poked Costa’s eye during the explosive 2-2 draw between Tottenham and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
According to The Sun, FA chiefs are classing the incident in the same bracket as Luis Suarez’s infamous bite on Branislav Ivanovic.
Suarez was given a 10-match suspension for chomping at Ivanovic’s arm in 2013 and did not play again in the Premier League until October 2013.
The first-half flashpoint between Dembele and Costa was missed by referee Mark Clattenburg — but is being treated as an “extraordinary event” — leaving the way clear for the FA to throw the book at Belgian Dembele.
If he is hit with a 10-match ban, the key midfielder would miss the rest of this season – Spurs have two matches to play – and would not play a domestic match until October.
Dembele appeared to claw at Diego Costa’s eye in one of a number of flashpoints as tensions boiled over with Spurs heading into half-time with a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son.
Willian began a fracas by the touchline after he shoved Danny Rose by the touchline following a strong challenge from the England international.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino looked to immediately quell the flashpoint only to become embroiled in what became a larger melee.
Both sets of benches and players got involved but Dembele and Costa’s tussle went under the radar of the referee, an attack that would have been a certain red card for the Belgian had it not been missed.