Juventus star Douglas Costa given four-game suspension for elbow, headbutt and spit on Sassuolo’s Federico Di Francesco

18 Sep

Juventus’ Douglas Costa has been banned for four Serie A games for spitting at Sassuolo player Federico Di Francesco.

The winger was sent off in an incident where he also elbowed and headbutted Di Francesco.

Costa spat into Di Francesco’s mouth

Although they finished the game with ten men, Juventus won the game 2-1 which also saw Cristiano Ronaldo open his goalscoring account for the club.

After the incident, Costa took to Instagram to apologise for his actions.

He said: “I would like to apologise to all Juventus fans for this misleading reaction in today’s game.

“I also apologise to my team-mates, who are always with me in beautiful and bad moments.

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“It was ugly, I am aware of it and I apologise to everyone for this.”

Costa will miss the Old Lady’s matches against Frosinone, Bologna, Napoli and Udinese.

Meanwhile, Di Francesco has hit out at speculation that he provoked Costa by using a racist insult.

Di Francesco said on Sassuolo’s Twitter account: “I’m deeply troubled by the allegations and inventions that have appeared in some national media outlets.

“All of this is offensive and derogatory.

“I won’t allow any racist behaviour and/or phrases, which do not belong to my ethical values and are the fruit of other people’s imagination, to be attributed to me.

“I ask for and demand respect!”

Juventus star Douglas Costa apologises for ‘misleading reaction’ after spit, elbow and headbutt on Sassuolo’s Federico di Francesco

16 Sep

Juventus star Douglas Costa has issued an apology for his “misleading reaction” after spitting in an opponent’s mouth.

The winger also elbowed and headbutted Sassuolo’s Federico di Franceso during the closing stages of the Old Lady’s 2-1 win.

Costa elbowed Di Francesco first

Douglas Costa is sent off after elbowing, headbutting, and then spitting at Serie A opponent

After a VAR consultation from the referee, Costa was sent off and he’s set for further punishment from the Italian authorities.

However, Juve boss Max Allegri suggested his player may have been provoked.

This did not prevent Costa from issuing an apology though but he left Di Francesco out of the statement.

Costa also headbutted his rival

On Instagram, Costa wrote: “I would like to apologise to all of Juventus fans for this misleading reaction in today’s game.

“I also apologise to my teammates, who are always with me in good times and bad.

“I was ugly, I am aware and I apologise to everyone for it.

“I make it clear that this isolated attitude does not match what I have always shown in my career.”

Costa finished off his rampage by spitting in Di Francesco’s face

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Massimiliano Allegri condemned Costa’s actions.

He said: “Maybe he was irritated at a foul before.

“But it does not matter, because this absolutely must not happen.

“The one thing we must avoid doing is falling for provocation.

“We could’ve scored a third goal, but instead we started to play as individuals, we tried to dribble past everyone, this wound up the opposition, who then reacted badly and you do get to situations like Douglas Costa.

Earlier in the game, Cristiano Ronaldo opened his goalscoring account for the Serie A giants.

Ronaldo got on the scoresheet in the eventful game

Juve are in action in the Champions League on Wednesday night when they travel to Valencia. They are in Group H with Swiss side Young Boys and Premier League giants Manchester United.