Chelsea’s Diego Costa wants to wear a mankini in the last match of the season this Sunday.
The Brazilian striker and dressing room practical joker explained his decision to journalists while chasing them around a roundabout outside the champions’ Cobham training ground and singing a Chumbawamba song through a vuvuzela.
Asked why he plans to wear the revealing outfit, which a decade after the release of Borat remains a popular piece for grooms-to-be to don on stag parties, Costa said:
“Huh? Why the hell not, fat faces? Dilly doo, dilly doo, my mankini will be blue.”
Chelsea’s press officer initially tried to explain the decision as being inspired by a bet made at the start of the season, but has since admitted it is entirely Costa’s choice.
The club have consulted the FA on the matter and were devastated to hear that there are no rules specifically banning players from wearing mankinis.
As long as there is space for Costa’s number 19 on the garment, without any of it being obscured by buttocks or body hair, and the whole stunt is sponsored by an attention-hungry betting company, the FA say they are fine with the idea.
Costa is currently 17/10 in betting markets to wear the mankini.
Despite Costa’s plan, it is not yet certain Antonio Conte will pick the striker after admitting the situation might influence his choice of who to drop for John Terry in the match against Sunderland.
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