Diego Costa, the Atletico Madrid striker is going to miss out on the remaining season as he was handed an 8 match suspension by RFEF, the Spanish Football Federation, on Thursday. He had been sent off in the first half in the match where Atletico had been defeated by Barcelona by 2–0, for hurling harsh insults towards Gil Manzano, the referee. The referee also stated that Costa had grabbed him by his arms in the time of the incident.
This longtime ban implies that Diego Costa is not going to play in this season. Atletico is left with 7 games in La Liga while having been knocked out of Copa Del Rey and Champions League. As per the report of the match which has been submitted by Manzano, Diego Costa used foul language to insult his mother prior to grabbing him by his arms for preventing him from showing cards to 24 and 2, respectively.
Hence, RFRF has ruled that Costa should be suspended for 4 matches for insulting and using offensive expression towards the referee and another 4 matches for meeting the referee with a mild amount of violence without being aggressive in a way which is reflected in the grabbing act.
Costa had been dismissed in the twenty-eight minute of the game which meant that Atletico had to play for over an hour with ten men. Their defeat has left them 11 points behind Barca who are at the top of the table.