12 Apr Diego Costa’s eight-game ban stands following appeal fails
The Spain striker’s season today seems to be over after his outburst in a swimmer in the Camp Nou final weekend
Diego Costa’s eight-match suspension has been preserved after the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) supported Atletico Madrid’s appeal was dismissed.
The Spain international was sent off at the first half of Atletico’s 2-0 defeat to Barcelona last Saturday after an outburst aimed at referee Jesus Gil Manzano
The officer wrote in his post-match report that Costa had insulted his mother and, after being shown a red cardgrabbed his arm to attempt and prevent him from reserving team-mates Godin and Jose Gimenez.
It had been verified on Thursday which Costa was frozen for eight games and could consequently miss the remainder of the year, although Atletico
Atletico manager Diego Simeone described the ban as”too much” and said the team will appeal and do whatever they could to encourage the former Chelsea striker.
But, the RFEF declared on Friday that the Appeals Committee had refused Atletico’s case.
The team may still appeal against the ban by raising the matter with Spain’s Administrative Court for Sport (TAD).
Costa won’t be accessible for the remainder of the season in the event the sanction stands, together with Atletico with only seven La Liga matches abandoned.
Costa left Chelsea to go back for another spell in Atletico at September 2017, however he was only qualified to play against the beginning of 2018.
He travelled on to score seven goals in 23 looks in all competitions as Atletico ended second in La Liga and won the Europa League.
The 30-year old has endured a challenging effort this time around in the Wanda Metropolitano, scoring only five goals in 21 looks.
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Regardless of his erratic form, he’s got the backing of his supervisor Simeone, who’s blamed harms for the striker’s struggles.
Atletico’s hopes of landing the La Liga title were ended after that 2-0 defeat by leaders Barcelona last weekend.
The triumph moved Barcelona 11 points clear on peak of the desk and just a spectacular collapse by Ernesto Valverde’s side could refuse them a 26th Spanish name.