Juventus striker, Douglas Costa has apologised to the club fans after being sent off for spitting in the face of Sassuolo’s Federico Di Francesco in a 2-1 Serie A win in Turin on Sunday.
Douglas Costa said, “I would like to apologise to all the Juventus fans for my wrong reaction during today’s game, I also apologise to my teammates, who are always by my side, in good and bad times. It was ugly, I am aware of that and I apologise to everyone for that. I want to make clear that this isolated conduct has nothing to do with what I’ve shown throughout my career” he wrote on Instagram.
The winger also elbowed and headbutted Sassuolo’s Federico di Franceso during the closing stages of the Old Lady’s 2-1 win.
After a VAR consultation from the referee, Costa was sent off and he’s set for further punishment from the Italian authorities.
Costa now faces an extended ban with coach Massimiliano Allegri annoyed with the forward for “rising to provocation”.
Juve are in action in the Champions League on Wednesday night when they travel to Valencia. They are in Group H with Swiss side Young Boys and Premier League giants Manchester United.
coach Massimiliano Allegri said,“Maybe he was irritated at a foul before, but it doesn’t matter, because these things should absolutely not happen. The one thing we must avoid is rising to provocation. We could have 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 then you get situations like Douglas Costa,”