Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is possibly one of the most controversial contemporary forwards of the game. His hot-headed nature on the pitch has earned him a bad reputation on the field. In the last incident when his side took on Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium, the former Chelsea man got into a furious rant against the referee where he reportedly insulted the official’s mother. Following the incident, the Spanish striker is now banned for all of the remaining La Liga matches of the ongoing season.
In his outburst, he ended up abusing the referee which led to a red card. to add to the misery, this ended up as a big blow and it went on to cost his team the match.
According to the match report submitted by Manzano, Costa insulted his mother in a foul-mouthed outburst before “grabbing me by the arms to prevent me showing cards to numbers 24 and 2 respectively”.
The RFEF has therefore ruled an eight-match ban that would see him miss the remainder of the season. Four match ban for “clear insults and offensive expressions made by the player towards the referee” and another four, after “meeting the referee with mild violence, without aggressive spirit, but in a manner that is reflected in the act of grabbing”.
The statement added: “Consequently, it is appropriate to sanction the player with a four-game suspension referring to article 94 (insults, verbal offenses and insulting attitudes) and four more referring to article 96 (light violence towards the officials), both from the Federation’s Disciplinary Code.”
Atletico Madrid’s manager Diego Simeone seemed unhappy by a lack of consistency from La Liga’s referees after Costa send off for dissent in the match where Barcelona won 2-0.
“In the last 11 games here [at Camp Nou] we have received seven red cards, we must be doing something wrong,” Goal.com quoted Simeone, as saying.
“I asked the referee and he told me something that Costa says he didn’t say. If he said it [what the referee claims], he is deservedly sent off. But other players have said things and he doesn’t send them off. We see it and they do not send them off,” he added.
The moment when it seemed that the match will end on a tie 0-0, Luis Suarez scored the opening goal in the 85th minute of the game putting Barcelona in the lead.
In the very next minute, Lionel Messi scored and gave Barcelona a two-goal lead as Barcelona handed Atletico Madrid a 2-0 defeat. But the post-match focus remained on the incident of Costa receiving his red card.
Atletico Madrid will next face Celta Vigo on April 13.
(With Agency Inputs)