Diego Costa handed eight-match ban for abusing referee


Atletico Madrid striker, Diego Costa has been hit with an eight-match ban for insulting and grabbing referee Jesus Gil Manzano during a 2-0 defeat to Barcelona.
The Spain striker had to be ushered out of the field by Gerard Pique, after initially refusing to walk.
Manzano revealed in his match report that Costa had said to him: “I sh*t on your wh*re mother”.

The Spanish Football Federation met on Wednesday to discuss what punishment to hand out and have decided that Costa must sit out eight La Liga fixtures.

He has been handed two four-game bans – one for insulting a match official and another for holding Manzano’s arm in an effort to prevent him from showing yellow cards to Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez.

Atletico have only seven more matches left this season. Across 21 appearances, Costa managed just five goals, with only two of those coming in La Liga.




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