September 19, 2018 / 3:18 AM / a year ago

Soccer: Juve's Costa gets four-match suspension for spitting

Soccer Football - Serie A - Juventus vs Udinese Calcio - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - March 11, 2018 Juventus’ Douglas Costa REUTERS/Massimo Pinca/Files

(Reuters) - Juventus winger 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 said.

Costa escaped with a booking for elbowing and head-butting Di Francesco, but was sent off after cameras caught him spitting at the same player in another altercation.

Juventus won the game 2-1 despite the dismissal of Costa, who apologised for his behaviour after the match in a statement.

The 28-year-old Brazilian will miss league games against Frosinone, Bologna, Napoli and Udinese but is eligible to face Valencia in the Champions League later on Wednesday.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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