Atletico Madrid striker, Diego Costa has been handed an eight match ban for unruly conduct during the Atletico Madrid‘s 2-0 defeat by Barcelona last Saturday.
his controversial rant at referee
The 30-year-old was handed a straight red card in the 28th minutes after he repeatedly cursed at referee Jesus Gil Manzano‘s mother saying “Me cago en tu puta madre,” (I shit on your whore mother).
The referee’s report of the altercation also says Costa held his arm in a bid to stop him from taking out more cards for his team-mates.
The referee’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 ban consists of four games ban for using insulting or offensive words on a match official. Another four matches ban is stipulated for use of light violence on referees.
Atletico Madrid was fined £2,400 while Diego Costa was fined £5,200 over the incident. The accused have a period of 10 days to lodge an appeal.