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Diego Costa Refuses To Show Up In Madrid Training

Diego Costa Refuses to Train After Being Fined by Atletico
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa was reported to have refused to train on Thursday after being told that his club will fine him for his verbal outburst to the referee in the recent La Liga defeat by Barcelona.

The Spain international did not train, citing "personal reasons". 

The 30-year-old has been banned for eight La Liga games by the Spanish Football Federation for verbally abusing referee Jesus Gil Manzano when he was sent off during the 2-0 loss at Camp Nou on April 6, meaning he will play no part in the rest of the season tie.

The Spanish media said that Diego Costa had learned on Wednesday that he was to be fined by the club for the misdemeanour, and reacted to the news by refusing to train on Thursday, despite being fully fit.

Atletico's general manager Clemente Villaverde criticised Costa after the Barca defeat, which effectively handed the Liga title to the Catalans once again.  
He said the striker's behaviour was "reprehensible and seriously damaged the club", although coach Diego Simeone was more forgiving.

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