Atlético Madrid’s Diego Costa handed eight-match ban for insulting referee

• Costa was sent off for dissent during defeat to Barcelona
• 30-year-old will miss rest of the domestic season

Diego Costa has been handed an eight-match ban for insulting the referee during Atlético Madrid’s 2-0 defeat to Barcelona on Saturday.

Costa was sent off for dissent in the 28th minute of the game at Camp Nou by Jesús Gil Manzano, and had to be escorted from the pitch by Barça’s Gerard Piqué after shouting at the official and grabbing his arm. Costa reportedly used a Spanish phrase that referred to defecating on his “prostitute mother”.

Source: The Guardian – La Liga