Diego Costa: Striker handed eight-game ban for abusing referee

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique attempts to cool Costa down after his sending off

Manzano has since revealed what Costa had told him.

It was confifmed in referee Gil Manzano's match report that the Atlético Madrid striker unleashed a barrage of abuse on Manzano after a decision went Barça's way, repeatedly shouting "Me cago en tu puta madre", which literally translates to "I shit on your whore mother".

Costa, who has also been fined £5,200, will finish the season with five goals in 21 games this season.

The Spain global has made 21 appearances across all competitions for Atletico so far this season, finding the back of the net on five occasions and registering three assists.

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The suspension means the Spaniard will miss the rest of the season, as Atletico Madrid have just seven games left to play.

Costa has now been hit with an eight match ban: four for the insult and an additional four for putting his hands on the referee.

Atletico signed Alvaro Morata on loan from Chelsea in January and the 26-year-old is now likely to be given an extended run in the starting line-up.

"I asked the referee if what he said was so bad because we have seen Barca players do the same thing, saying things right in the referee's face and they did not get sent off, they got away with it", Simeone said. "Other players have said things and not been sent off but that does not justify what Costa did".

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