Zouma: I Didn’t Call Costa A Cheat

Zouma: I Didn’t Call Costa A Cheat

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has denied calling his teammate Diego Costa a cheat after Costa’s bust-up with Arsenal defender Gabriel who was sent off in their clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Zouma purportedly called Costa a cheat in a post-match TV interview on BeIN Sports but took to Twitter to explain further on his stance on the Spanish forward.

“Sorry for any confusion, English is not my first language & I did not mean to accuse anyone of cheating. Simply to say
Diego is a player who puts pressure on his opponents & who I have huge respect for,” Zouma wrote via his Twitter handle ‏@KurtZouma.

Zouma had earlier said Costa likes to get opponents “out of his game” and his Chelsea teammates are “proud” of him even though he “likes to cheat a lot.”

When BeIN Sport’s Carrie Brown asked the French defender: “Of course Arsenal will feel hard done-by, they will claim you should have had a player sent-off in Diego Costa but this is a player that’s famed for riling other players isn’t it?

“Are you surprised that they reacted in this way?”

Zouma replied: “No, we’re not surprised because we know Diego. Everyone knows Diego and this guy likes to cheat a lot and put the opponent out of his game.”​