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Eight game ban for Costa

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is set to miss the club’s remaining league fixtures this season after receiving an eight match suspension.

Costa was sent off in the first half of the 2-0 La Liga defeat to league leaders Barcelona last weekend for abusing referee Jesus Gil Manzano and also grabbing his arm.

The referee’s 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***e mother, I s**t on your w****e mother!

Half of the ban relates to the verbally abusive comments, while the other four matches are the result of Costa grabbing the referee’s arm.

This is the 30th time that Costa has been suspended since 2006.

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