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Douglas Costa likely to face ban for spitting in Federico Di Francesco’s mouth after headbutting Sassuolo man

Juventus star Douglas Costa is expected to be hit with a hefty ban after headbutting an opponent and then spitting in his mouth during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Sassuolo.

The game should have been remembered for Cristiano Ronaldo scoring his first two Juventus goals, but villain Costa’s late antics took the attention away from his team-mate.

Costa’s minute of madness came in stoppage time and began with him taking out Federico Di Francesco with a bad tackle, before elbowing him as they got to their feet.

The referee allowed play to continue as Sassuolo were still in possession and attacking. And indeed they went on to score, with Khouma Babacar heading in a consolation goal.

As Sassuolo tried to rush the ball back to the halfway line so that they could resume the game, Costa and Di Francesco clashed again.

This time Costa headbutted Di Francesco, before spitting at him from very close range.

Referee Daniele Chiffi sent Costa off after consulting the VAR.

The 28-year-old former Bayern Munich could face more than three games on the sidelines if found guilty of both violent conduct and spitting, which would be categorised as ‘gross unsporting conduct’.

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