Douglas Costa has been suspended for four Serie A matches after spitting at Sassuolo’s Federico Di Francesco during Sunday’s game, the Italian league has announced.
The Juventus winger escaped with a booking for elbowing and head-butting Di Francesco but was sent off after cameras caught the 28-year-old him spitting at the same player in another altercation.
Juventus won the match 2-1 even with the dismissal of the Brazilian, who apologized for his behavior after the game in a statement.
Costa will miss league matches against Frosinone, Bologna, Napoli, and Udinese but is eligible to face Valencia in the Champions League later on Wednesday.
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