Breaking – La Liga: Diego Costa handed 8-match ban after assaulting Ref, to miss rest of the season

Costa confronting Referee during Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona match

Diego Costa has been banned for eigth games after telling the referee “I s*** on your whore mother” last Saturday.

The Spanish striker, 30, was given a straight red during Atletico’s 2-0 loss against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

Costa confronted referee Gil Manzano and launched a foul mouthed rant that was so vulgar he was given a red card.

It sparked mass protest from the Atletico team-mates and Costa had to be escorted off the pitch with his Spanish team-mate Gerard Pique ushering the shamed striker away.

On Wednesday The Spanish Football Federation discussed the incident and agreed on an eight game suspension – which will rule Costa out of the rest of the season.

Costa is also accused of preventing the referee from showing a yellow card to teammates Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez by holding his arm.

The ex-Chelsea man has been handed two four-game bans for the respective incidents.

Furthermore, he has received a £5,200 while the RFEF have also punished Atletico for the conduct of their player.

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