Diego Costa suspended after insulting referee's mother

Spanish striker receives eight match ban on Thursday, misses the rest of the season

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The Spanish Football Federation sat on Wednesday to decide on Costa's fate and have banned him, which will rule him out of the rest of the season. PHOTO: AFP

MADRID: Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa will miss the rest of the season after being handed an eight-match suspension by the Spanish Football Federation on Thursday.


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Costa was sent off in the first half of Atletico's 2-0 defeat to Barcelona on Saturday for directing a crude insult towards referee Gil Manzano.

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Manzano also reported that Costa had "grabbed" him by the arms during the incident.