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Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa slam with EIGHT match ban for expletive ranting at referee in Barcelona loss

Diego Costa has been given an eight-match ban for ranting at official Jesus Gil Manzano amid Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 loss to Barcelona on Saturday.

With only seven games left Costa, who was shown a straight red card, won’t play for the rest of the season and may have played his last game for Atletico.

Gil said in his match report that Costa twice said to him: ‘I s* on you w** mother’.

The official’s report additionally blames Costa for holding the ref’s arm in order to avoid him taking out more cards for his team-mates.

Gil’s report read: ‘When sent-off, still on the pitch, he held my arm to keep me from showing yellow cards to his team-mates No 24 [Jose Gimenez] and No 2 [Diego Godin].’

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) ban comprises of four games for being found guilty in breach of Article 94 league conduct codes’ implicit for ranting annoying or hostile words towards a match official, and four-match ban for breaking Article 96, which alludes to the use of light savagery towards an official.

Atletico was fined £2,400 while Costa was fined £5,200 over the episode. They have 10 days in which they can lodge their appeal.

Costa has only played 21 of Atletico’s 41 matches this season and has only scored five goals. He was booked in the club’s Champions League last-16 first leg with Juventus ruling him out of the second leg in Turin. And he let the team down again at the weekend.

Sources close to the club in Madrid have speculated since Saturday’s defeat that patience has run out and the offers for the 30-year-old will be listened to at the end of the season.

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