Diego Costa banned for eight La Liga games

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been banned for eight games after being found guilty of abusing referee Jesus Gil Manzano during his side’s 2-0 loss to Barcelona.

The Spain international, who rejoined the Madrid club from Chelsea in 2018 — four years after leaving Diego Simeone’s side for Stamford Bridge — insulted the official’s mother, according to Manzano’s match report from the La Liga fixture on April 6.

His post-match report stated: “In the 28th minute, number 19 … Diego Costa was sent off for the following reason: saying to me loudly, in the following terms: ‘I s**t on your w**** mother, I s**t on your w**** mother!'” A claim Costa denied.
The suspension, which has been handed down by the Spanish Football Federation on Thursday, rules the 30-year-old Costa out of Atletico’s remaining domestic league games this season. He will also miss one game next season.

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