Diego Costa given EIGHT-game ban for expletive-laden rant at referee in Barcelona loss to throw Atletico Madrid career into jeopardy with club undecided to keep him for next season

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.

With just seven games left Costa, who was shown a straight red card, will not feature for the remainder of the season and may have played his last game for Atletico.

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.

Original Source



Add comment