Juve coach blast Costa for spitting to opponent in Serie A
Serie A By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 17/09/2018
Massimiliano Allegri has blasted Juventus Douglas Costa for spitting in the mouth of Sassuolo forward Federico Di Francesco during Sunday's Serie clash at Allianz Stadium.The 28-year-old was given a marching order in extra-time during a 2-1 win The Black and Greens after Brazilian winger has initially elbowed, headbutt and spat the Italian star in the closing of the encounter as Cristiano Ronaldo breaks his Serie A deadlock with two in the tie.
Images of the incident have sparked an angry backlash from fans and pundits alike, and Costa has been given a three-match ban and he will miss title rivals clash with Napoli on September 29.
First, he elbows him in the face, then he headbutts him, and he finishes it off by spitting in Di Francesco's face. Disgusting behavior by Douglas Costa. Spitting in a player's face is one of the worst things you can do on a football pitch. Deserves a very long ban. pic.twitter.com/qWUy5slROy— EiF (@EiFSoccer) September 16, 2018
Allegri condemned his player after the game on Sunday at Allianz Stadium insisting the behaviour was unacceptable he told Sky Italia:"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 the 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.