Diego Costa Hit With Severe Ban After Insulting Referee In FC

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique attempts to cool Costa down after his sending off

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique attempts to cool Costa down after his sending off

Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey says the eight-game ban handed to Diego Costa for his outburst at referee Jesus Gil Manzano is too harsh.

Atletico can appeal Thursday's ruling against Costa.

If the suspension is not appealed, the Spanish worldwide will miss the rest of the season as Atletico only have seven La Liga fixtures remaining.

The Spanish authorities have now taken action handing the Spanish worldwide a four-game suspension for the comments and a further four-game sanction for grabbing the referee's arm.

The Spain global was dismissed during the first half of his side's 2-0 defeat to Barcelona, and the official wrote in his post-match report that Costa had insulted his mother.

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Costa has endured a hard season, having scored only five goals in all competitions and missed nearly two months at the start of the year due to a foot injury.

After Saturday's match, Simeone blamed the red card on bad luck and said that Barcelona players get away with similar incidents.

In addition, Costa was also accused of holding the referee's arm to prevent him from showing yellow cards to Atletico teammates Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin. "Other players have said things and not been sent off but that does not justify what Costa did".

"I hope the punishment will be small for his sake", Alba told Marca.

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