Diego Costa Branded "Inappropriate" For Joke He Made About The Coronavirus Outbreak
Diego Costa walked through the Champions League mixed zone fake coughing at reporters amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Liverpool were dumped out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid who beat the Reds 3-2 at Anfield (4-2 on aggregate).
And after helping his side eliminate the holders from the competition, Costa poked fun of the pandemic virus which has swept the world.
He walked through the media area fake coughing at journalists and laughing as he went down the line.
His tasteless theatrics didn't go down too well on social media.
"Diego Costa just walked through the mixed zone fake coughing at everyone as he went down the line," Press Assocation's Carl Markham wrote on Twitter. "Not particularly funny or appropriate."
"Not nice. Not funny either," La Repubblica's Antonello Guerrera said. Another tweeted "He was the only who laughed."
Nothing like humour... and that was nothing like humour from Diego Costa. Walks through mixed zone, ignores all requests from Spanish media for interviews then coughs - theatrically - repeatedly as he breezes past. He was the only who laughed.
- Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) March 11, 2020
Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa has just come through the mixed zone pretending to cough at reporters.
Not nice. Not funny either. #coronavirus #LIVATL #championsleague #Anfield #liverpool pic.twitter.com/z3wQOadmQu
- Antonello Guerrera (@antoguerrera) March 11, 2020
It comes after the global Covid-19 outbreak was categorised as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
The illness has killed more than 4,300 people worldwide and eight people in the UK have confirmed to have died after contracting the disease.
Football governing bodies continue to evaluate the situation ahead of making a decision on the remaining games of the 2019/20 season.