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Diego Costa banned for eight games for allegedly insulting referee

12 April, 2019, 02:00 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Costa was sent off in the first half of Atletico's 2-0 defeat to Barcelona on Saturday for directing a crude insult towards referee Gil Manzano.

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 grabbed Manzano's arm at one point and players from both teams tried to contain him.

Atletico, who trail LaLiga leaders Barca by 11 points following their defeat at Camp Nou, have only seven games left to play this season, so the Spain worldwide will be unavailable for the remainder of the campaign.

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo suggested on Thursday the club will appeal against the decision.

Though he may not be that much of a miss - his goalscoring record this season pales in comparison to his prime years, with Costa bagging just five goals this term.


"Something always happens to us when we come here", added Koke.

For each of these respective incidents, the former Chelsea man has been given four-match bans - the total ban amounting to eight matches hence.

"I asked the referee and he told me Costa said something to him", Atletico manager Diego Simeone said after the game.

Atletico needed to win to keep their slim title hopes alive, but Costa's dismissal after 27 minutes halted their challenge.

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