Diego Costa refuses to take part in Atletico Madrid training
Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa reacts prior to the Spanish Primera Division soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Leganes at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Feb. 28, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/Rodrigo Jimenez
Madrid, Apr 18 (efe-epa).- Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa on Thursday refused to take part in the first team's training session as the club has opened an investigation into his eight-game suspension after receiving a red card during La Liga game against Barcelona.
Sources confirmed to EFE that 30-year-old Costa arrived on time for the session at the Majadahonda sports city, seemed competent to participate and that his name was not included among the list of the injured.
However, Costa decided not to exercise with the group as a possible sign of protest against the sanctioning process the capital club opened Wednesday against him.
The Spanish soccer federation's (RFEF) competition committee on Apr. 11 imposed an eight-game ban and a total of 6,010 euros ($6,778) fine on Costa and another 2,800 euros on Atletico Madrid.
Costa was penalized by the referee, Jesus Gil Manzano, in the 28th minute of the 2-0 defeat to the Catalan club after addressing the referee with improper language by repeatedly insulting Manzano's mother.
According to RFEF, Costa was handed a four-game suspension for insulting the referee, having violated Article 94 of the Disciplinary Code that includes insults, verbal offenses and offensive attitudes.
The Spanish player was given a second four-game suspension as a result of violating Article 96 that includes grabbing, pushing or shaking the referee, due to his behavior with Manzano after receiving the red card in the Camp Nou stadium.
"Once expelled, still in the field of play, (he/Costa) grabbed me several times by the arm in order to prevent me from showing the warning cards to both teammates 24 (Jose Maria Jimenez) and 2 (Diego Godin), respectively," Manzano said.
RFEF on Apr. 12 rejected an appeal from Atletico, refusing to reduce the sanction, saying that it "shares the assessment" of the competition committee that punished Costa for an altercation with Manzano during the match against Barcelona.
Upset at not getting a call after he felt he was fouled, Costa walked up to the referee and - according to Manzano's report - twice uttered the phrase: "I s--t on your whore mother."
Barring a successful appeal to the administrative report, Costa will miss the rest of the current La Liga campaign and the first match of next season.
Madrid is gearing up for its upcoming Saturday's La Liga clash against Eibar that is to take place at Ipurua Municipal Stadium in Eibar, Spain.