Diego Costa Slammed With EIGHT-Match Ban For Ranting At Referee

Atletico Madrid star, Diego Costa has been slammed with an eight-match ban for ranting at referee Jesus Gil Manzano during 2-0 loss to Barcelona last week Saturday.

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With just seven games remaining in the league, Costa who was sent off, will not feature for the rest of the season and may likely leave Atletico Madrid this summer.

Gill said in an official report after the game that Costa twice said to him: I s*** on your w**** mother.

The referee’s report also stated that Costa was preventing him from taking out more cards for his team-mates.

Gil’s report reads: ‘once sent-off, still, on the pitch, he grabbed my arm to prevent me from showing yellow cards to his team-mates No 24 [Jose Gimenez] and No 2 [Diego Godin].

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) ban consists of four games for being found in breach of Article 94 of the league’s code of conduct for using insulting or offensive words towards a match official, and four matches for breaching Article 96, which refers to the use of light violence towards referees.

Atletico were fined £2,400 while Costa was fined £5,200 over the incident. They have 10 days in which they can lodge an appeal.

Costa who has featured in 21 times out of Atletico’s 41 matches and has only scored five goals was booked in the club’s Champions League round of 16 first leg to Juventus ruling him out of the second leg in Turin. Letting his team down again at the weekend.

Sources close to the club in Madrid reports after Saturday’s defeat that the club is fed up with the star antics and they are willing to listen to offers for the 30-year old at the end of the season.

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