Diego Costa Given Eight Match Ban For X-Rated Comments About Referee's Mother
It has been confirmed that Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been given an eight match ban for comments made to referee Gil Manzano about his mother during last weekend's clash against Barcelona.
Costa was given a four game ban due to his insults to the referee, as well as a further four for grabbing his arm. Manzano gave us further insight into what Costa said in his match report, saying:
"In the 28th minute the player Diego Da Silva Costa was sent off for the following motive: he shouted loudly at me the following words: 'I S**T ON YOUR W***E MOTHER, I SHIT ON YOUR W***E MOTHER."
Referee Gil Manzano's report: "In the 28th minute the player Diego Da Silva Costa was sent off for the following motive: he shouted loudly at me the following words: 'I SHIT ON YOUR WHORE MOTHER, I SHIT ON YOUR WHORE MOTHER.'"
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Costa believed that he was fouled in the 28th minute, and he soon made his feelings completely clear towards the referee. However, the 30-year-old Atlético striker ended up marching down the tunnel after he was shown a straight red from Manzano.
If you haven't seen the incident, here it is:
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Diego Costa has been shown a red card!
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Simeone spoke about the incident after the full-time whistle, saying that the red card would be the right decision if Costa did insult the referee.
However, the Atlético head coach did question the rules in these types of situations:
"In 11 games we've had seven red cards, so we must be doing something wrong," he said via Marca.
"I asked the referee and he told me something that Costa tells me he hasn't said. Other players have said things and aren't sent off, but that doesn't justify Diego.
"If the referee interprets there was an insult, then it's a justified red card. But it's not always the same, it's not always the same...
"They sent off [Fernando] Torres [in 2015/16], the sent off Torres... an icon! After that, anyone can be sent off."