Diego Costa red card: The Atlético de Madrid striker was sent off for furious referee refereeing in Barcelona

The former Chelsea striker is not adverse to discussing with the officials, but this time they gave him his orders to march early

Atlético de Madrid striker Diego Costa was sent off after a furious tirade against the referee in Saturday's clash with Barcelona.

The former Chelsea player was perplexed after believing that he received a foul in the 28th minute and told the official, in unmistakable terms.

The international of Spain attacked Jesus Gil Manzano and seemed to unleash a torrent of abuses towards the official.


As expected, he was shown a direct red color, which provoked a furious reaction from his teammates at Atlético. After the hand-to-hand combat, Costa was escorted off the field by Barça defender Gerard Pique, while José Giménez and Diego Godin were reserved for their protests.

The game was tied at 0-0 at that time and Atlético manager Diego Simeone was forced to shuffle the pack, which led Angel Correa to replace Santiago Arias.

This is not the first time that Costa has been expelled for the Madrid club since he re-signed with them in 2018. The attacker was fired during his first appearance at Atleti against Getafe.

In a behavior typically similar to that of the Costa, the 30-year-old scored in the 68th minute of the game, only to be reprimanded for his celebration.

During his three-year stint in England, Costa was also involved in a series of controversial incidents, such as an altercation with Arsenal man Gabriel Paulista, who finally saw the Gunners defender fired.

Diego Costa Atlético de Madrid 2018-19

He also faced Emre Can during a semi-final of the 2015 League Cup against Liverpool, in which Costa was banned retrospectively by the FA for stamping on the midfielder.

In his time at Stamford Bridge, Costa received 30 yellow cards in three years, but somewhat surprisingly, he was only sent off once, in an FA Cup match against Everton.

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The same can not be said of his spell in Spain, with the incident on Saturday in his tenth career red card in total.

The game could be vital to determine where the Spanish title will end, with Barcelona ahead of Atlético in second place by eight points.

The hosts have named a strong side at the Camp Nou despite facing Manchester United on Wednesday in the Champions League.

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