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Costa suspended eight games for ref insult, arm grab

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Mothers are off limits.

Diego Costa will miss the rest of Atletico Madrid’s season as a result of the red card he received for verbal abuse of a referee in a loss to Barcelona last week.

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The referee’s report claims Costa told official Gil Manzano that he’d do something to disgusting to his mother.

The 8-game ban includes four for insulting Manzano and four more for touching his arm receiving the red card, according to Marca, which says:

Costa and the club had fought against the punishment, with the player insisting that he had said “I (expletive) on my mother”, but the Committee have consulted Manzano for clarification and reached their decision.

Have to love the “no, no, you misunderstood. I was saying I’d do something gross to my mother. Not your mother. My mother.”

If it makes Costa and Atleti feel better, just pretend the suspension is for any number of awful thing he’s done on the field which have gone unpunished.

Costa has five goals and three assists in 21 matches this season.

Atleti can appeal the ban, sitting nine points back of leaders Barcelona and two in front of rivals Real Madrid.

Costa could miss the rest of the season after red card v. Barcelona

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Diego Costa has had a rough 2018/2019 season back at Atletico Madrid, and his frustrations appeared to boiled over on Saturday against Barcelona.

After failing to receive a free kick, Costa ran over to the match official Jesús Gil Manzano and began to shout at him. Per AS in Spain, there’s disagreement over what Costa actually said, but Manzano said in his match report that Costa used some pretty harsh language – to put it nicely – at him, necessitating the red card.

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According to the AS report, if La Liga follows the letter of its laws, if someone uses “insulting or offensive language” at any of the referees, they could be handed a four to 12 match ban. With just seven games remaining, it could see Costa’s season end prematurely. In addition, Costa grabbed the arm of Manzano on multiple occasions to try and pursuade Manzano to not give his teammates yellow cards. Grabbing an official could also lead to a four to 12 game ban.

Regardless of the outcome, it’s an ignominious end of the season for Costa. He’s scored just two goals in 16 games (14 starts) in La Liga this season, and he’s being overtaken by new signing Alvaro Morata up top for both club and country.

Costa hasn’t been the same since his spat with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was revealed, which led Costa to miss six months of soccer while waiting for a transfer away from Chelsea in 2017. He received the move he wanted to Atletico Madrid, but it hasn’t come off as well as he played at Chelsea or Atletico Madrid before that. The 30-year-old may be wondering if he’ll still be able to get one last big contract before he retires.

Atleti takes 2-0 lead over Juve in Champions League (video)

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  • Morata sees goal disallowed via VAR
  • Gimenez, Godin score early
  • Atleti takes two goals away for 2nd leg

The defenders got it done, with a little help from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin scored second half goals, the latter putting his home after a Ronaldo deflection, as Atletico Madrid beat Juventus 2-0 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match on Wednesday at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Atleti had an opening goal ruled out before Gimenez pushed home.

The second leg is March 12 in Turin.

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If you were betting on two defenses to conspire against the score line, this was it; Juve and Atleti allowed a combined 10 goals in 12 group stage matches.

Most of the prime chances resulted in user error, as typified by Diego Costa early in the second half. That said, Wojciech Szczesny made a finger tip save on Antonie Griezmann which was quite superb.

And when Atleti looked to have collected its lead through Alvaro Morata, the former Juve player saw his goal overturned through VAR.

Morata headed home, but the camera caught his shove on Giorgio Chiellini, initially unspotted by the referees.

Gimenez then made one count.

Morata won a header that hit Mario Mandzukic and fell into the path of Gimenez for a deserved goal.

Federico Bernardeschi had a solid bid to restore the deadlock, but Jan Oblak made a pretty save to keep it 1-0.

And Godin mopped up a shot that deflected off Ronaldo to double the hosts advantage after one leg.

Atleti lose Diego Costa to foot surgery amid title chase

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MADRID (AP) Striker Diego Costa will undergo foot surgery and is expected to be sidelined for several weeks.

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Atletico Madrid says Costa will be operated on his left foot this week in Brazil with the supervision of Atletico doctors.

The Brazil-born player had been bothered by the foot injury for a few weeks. He said he wasn’t being able to play at full strength because of the injury.

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Costa needed similar surgery on the same foot 12 years ago.

Atletico is third in the Spanish league, three points behind leader Barcelona after 14 matches.

Messi, Dembele combine to give Barca late equalizer at Atleti

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Barcelona may not finish the weekend atop La Liga’s table, but a dramatic late equalizer means Atletico Madrid won’t leapfrog their longtime foes.

Lionel Messi set up Ousmane Dembele for a 90th minute winner to cancel out Diego Costa‘s 77th minute opener, as Barca won a stingy affair at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

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Streaking toward the top of the 18, Messi trapped a cross with a thigh and used his second touch to play Dembele into the right side of the box. The young Frenchman than coolly fooled Jan Oblak to pot the match-tying goal.

Barca had 70 percent of the ball, and Costa’s goal was the only Atleti effort on goal.

The match was one of just five staged Saturday in La Liga, with five more on tap for Sunday. If Sevilla beats visiting Real Valladolid, it will go atop the table.