Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa’s season seems to have ended in La Liga after being suspended and fined over his action against Barcelona.
Costa has seen his season brought to an end after being stung with an eight-match ban for insulting and grabbing referee Jesus Gil Manzano during a defeat to Barcelona.
The ill-tempered Spaniard saw red just 28 minutes into the La Liga fixture at Camp Nou on April 6.
Costa who believed that he had been fouled, launched into a furious tirade at the match officials.
He was shown a straight red card and had to be ushered from the field by Gerard Pique after initially refusing to walk.
The former Chelsea forward also grabbed hold of the referee’s arm during an angry confrontation.
He has paid the price for those actions, with the Spanish Football Federation having met on Wednesday to discuss what punishment to hand out.
The 30-year-old has also been fined over his actions in his most recent outing.
He has been ordered to pay €6,010 to the relevant authorities and Atletico €2,800 and the sorry episode brings the curtain down on what has been a testing season for Costa.
Costa, who returned to Atletico from Chelsea in 2017, will have no further opportunities in which to prove his worth this term.
By Olukayode Oniwinde