Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has confirmed he was not bitten by Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Barry denies Costa bite

Barry denies Costa bite

Costa was dismissed for a second bookable offence six minutes from the end of his side's 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Goodison Park after an ugly clash with Barry during which he appeared to make a motion to bite the Toffees midfielder before thinking better of it.

Barry did not speak to the media after the game, but Press Association Sport has been told he has privately dismissed the allegation, which was also denied by Costa in a club statement late on Saturday night.

The Football Association is awaiting referee Michael Oliver's report before making a judgement on the Spain international's latest misdemeanour, although Barry's evidence could prove invaluable to him.