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ESPN – Diego Costa unfairly painted as villain

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Craig Burley pick their transfer market winners and predict how Chelsea's signings will pan out this season. Football in general, and English football in particular, loves a pantomime villain. In recent years that position has been occupied by the likes of Joey Barton and Luis Suarez, characters who unite people in their condemnation as if they were the archetypes of what people despise about the modern game, juxtaposed against those who make it beautiful. The saturation of the sport provided by social media and tabloid newspapers demands that these personalities exist, and if they do not then they …

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