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Diego Costa red card: Atletico Madrid striker sent off for BIZARRE reason vs Barcelona

DIEGO COSTA has been sent off in Atletico Madrid’s La Liga clash against Barcelona for foul and abusive language.

Costa received his marching orders from the referee Jesus Gil Manzano after he confronted the official and barked in his face.

The ref showed no hesitation in whipping out the red card, issuing him no warning as the Spain international’s team-mates whirled around him to protest.

The former Chelsea striker was incensed after hitting the deck courtesy of a challenge from Barcelona midfielder Arthur.

He was adamant he was fouled but the referee was having none of it, which caused Costa to absolutely lose his rag.

It leaves Atletico facing an almost impossible task at the Nou Camp, with a win for Barca edging them closer to a La Liga title.

Diego Simeone, a maverick of his own, has responded in gung-ho fashion – taking off full-back Santiago Arias and putting forward Angel Correa.

It is the first red card Costa has received since 6 January 2018, when he was sent off in Atletico’s 2-0 La Liga home win over Getafe.

The 30-year-old is known for his hotheadedness, with Premier League fans all too familiar with the forward during his time at Chelsea.

Costa did not want to leave the pitch after receiving the red card, though.

Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique had to escort him off the pitch but not before putting his hand over his mouth to shut him up.

Whatever Costa had said was clearly bad as the ref did not hesitate and Barca players were incensed.

It means the striker will now likely miss the next three matches, against Celta Vigo, Eibar and Valencia.

Atletico went on to lose the match 2-0 after late goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

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