Costa to serve three-game ban after losing appeal

London, England ( - Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been suspended for three games after he lost his appeal against a charge of violent conduct for stomping on Liverpool's Emre Can.

Costa received the charge from the Football Association on Wednesday, one day after the incident occurred in the 12th minute of Chelsea's Capital One Cup semifinal second leg.

The foul was not spotted by referee Michael Oliver, however, the FA was aware of the incident after reviewing tape of the match and decided to charge Costa, who will now miss Chelsea's showdown with second-place Manchester City on Saturday as well as games against Everton and Aston Villa.

"Diego Costa will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a charge of violent conduct against him was found proven by an Independent Regulatory Commission on Friday, January 30, 2015," read a statement from the FA on Friday.

The Spain international is Chelsea's leading scorer with 17 goals in league play this season.