Diego Costa has been given an eight-game ban for his expletive-laden rant at referee Jesus Gil Manzano during Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 defeat by Barcelona on Saturday.
Gil said in his match report that Costa twice said to him: ‘I s*** on you w**** mother’.
The referee’s report also accuses Costa of holding the referee’s arm so as to prevent him taking out more cards for his team-mates.
Gil’s report read: ‘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.