The former Chelsea striker has not been successful with officials, but this time has been given his marching orders early
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been sent off after a furious tirade against the referee in Saturday's league clash with Barcelona
The former Chelsea man was left perplexed after believing he was fouled in the 28th minute and let the official know, in no uncertain terms.
The Spain international went haring after Jesus Gil Manzano and seemed to be unleash a torrent of abuse towards the official
Unsurprisingly he was shown on straight red, causing a furious reaction from his Atletico team mates. Following the melee Costa was actually escorted off the pitch by Barca defender Gerard Pique, while both Jose Gimenez and Diego were booked for their protestations.
The game was played at 0-0 at the time and Atletico manager Diego Simeone was forced to shuffle the pack, bringing on Angel Correa to replace Santiago Arias.
the Madrid club since re-signing for them in 201
In typically Costa-like behavior, the 30-year-old scored in the 68th minute of the match, only to be reprimanded for his celebration.
During his three-year spell in England, Costa was also involved in a number of controversial incidents, such as an altercation with then Arsenal man Gabriel Paulista, who ultimately saw the Gunners defender sent off.
He also clashed with Emre Can during a 2015 League Cup semi-final against Liverpool, in which Cost a was retrospectively banned by the FA for stamping on the midfielder.
In his time at Stamford Bridge Costa received 30 yellow cards in three years, but somewhat surprisingly, was only late off once, in a FA Cup game against Everton. 19659015] Article continues below
The same cannot be said of his spell in the Spain, with Saturday's incident his career red card in total.
The match could prove to be vital in determining where the Spanish title ends up, with Barcelona currently ahead of second place Atletico by eight points.
The hosts have named a strong side at Camp Nou despite facing Manchester United on Wednesday in the Champions League.