Douglas Costa was involved in a running dispute with Sassuolo midfielder Federico Di Francesco throughout the match on Sunday.
Douglas Costa’s performance against Sassuolo today. This man is crazy, I have lost a lot of respect for him. This is disgraceful 🤮😷 pic.twitter.com/Z1WMONyUjW
— World Cup (@FlFAWC2018) September 16, 2018
The 28-year-old escaped with a yellow card for elbowing and then head-butting his Di Francesco as they tangled before Sassuolo‘s goal. However, Douglas Costa was later sent off after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) caught him spitting at the same player in another argument in the 93rd minute.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has denounced the behavior of his player Douglas Costa after he was sent off for his repugnant actions.
Talking to Sky Italy, Allegri said: “Maybe he was irritated at a foul before, but it doesn’t 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 get to situations like Douglas Costa. You just had to see the first three games and how close Ronaldo went to scoring. Again today, he was a little too hasty and eager to score, but it bounced off the post and right into his path. That unblocked him.”
Someone should have told Douglas Costa it was a football match, not a 'bull fight' pic.twitter.com/opUmGC7G5J
— Goal (@goal) September 17, 2018
The Brazil international has apologised for his disgusting actions in the match against Sassuolo on social media. Douglas Costa has released a statement through his Instagram account.
The Instagram post read: “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. It was ugly, I am aware of it and I apologise to everyone for this. I make it clear that this isolated attitude does not correspond to what I have always shown in my career.”
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) September 16, 2018
Douglas Costa will pay a fine of €100,000 and be banned for the next 3 games for Juventus, however, an extended ban might be on the cards as well.
Interestingly, a poll by @TransferPosts on Twitter shows that 53% of the 4047 fans that voted want the Brazillian to be banned for more than 10 games.
How long should Douglas Costa be suspended for?
— Transfer Posts (@TransferPosts) September 17, 2018
A few of the funny football pages decided it was quality meme content, the infamous @TrollFootball in particular.
Douglas Costa, I choose you pic.twitter.com/V6qV7F2wHA
— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) September 16, 2018