Diego Costa Handed 8-Match Ban After Red Card

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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been handed an eight matches ban following his Red Card against Barcelona over the weekend.

Costa was given his marching orders after after confronting referee Jesus Gil Manzano and shouting in his face.

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Costa was incensed after hitting the deck courtesy of a challenge from Barcelona midfielder Arthur but receiving no free-kick.

And the former Chelsea star reportedly verbally insulted the referee, shouting: ‘I s*** on your f****** mother!’

Costa has now received an eight-game suspension – four games for his verbal insults and a further four for grabbing Manzano’s arm.

  • A statement from the Royal Spain Football Federation read: “In relation to the expulsion of Diego Costa, the Committee of Competition has given this morning to the collegiate Jesus Gil Manzano a request for clarification of the arbitration act before pronouncing”
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