Juve’s Costa refuses apology to Sassuolo’s Di Francesco after spitting dismissal

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Juventus star Douglas Costa has rejected calls he should offer a direct apology to Federico Di Francesco after he was sent off for spitting in the Sassuolo winger’s face, claiming “you do not know what he said to me.”

Brazilian Costa is facing up to both an expected heavy fine from his club and also a suspension from the Italian Football Federation following the incident late on during Sunday’s Serie A match.

The flash point came during stoppage time at the end of the game as Juventus saw out a 2-1 victory, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice.

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Gostaria de pedir desculpas a todos os torcedores da Juventus por essa minha reação equivocada no jogo de hoje. Peço também desculpas aos meus companheiros de time, que estão sempre comigo nos momentos bons e ruins. Errei feio, tenho consciência e venho me desculpar com todos por isso. Deixo claro que essa atitude isolada não condiz com o que sempre mostrei em minha carreira. Douglas Costa Vorrei scusarmi con tutti i fan della Juventus per questa reazione fuorviante nel gioco di oggi. Mi scuso anche con i miei compagni di squadra, che sono sempre con me nei momenti belli e cattivi. Ero brutto, ne sono consapevole e mi scuso con tutti per questo. Metto in chiaro che questo atteggiamento isolato non corrisponde a quello che ho sempre dimostrato nella mia carriera. Douglas Costa @juventus

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Brazilian winger Costa already looked to have lost his composure after aiming an elbow and a headbutt moments earlier – but the worst was to come as he spat directly at Di Francesco from inches away.

Costa was sent off after the intervention of the video assistant referee.

The player’s actions were branded as unacceptable by Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri, with the club expected to issue internal sanctions.

Costa later offered acknowledgement of his “bad mistake” in a post on Instagram.

However, while his statement apologised to “all Juventus fans for this misleading reaction” as well as his team-mates, there was no reference to Di Francesco himself.

On Monday, the Juventus player responded to one of the several thousands of social media comments, which questioned why he had not issued a direct apology to his opponent.

Costa wrote on Instagram: “You don’t know what he said to me. But no big deal… I say sorry to all those who I have to say it to, because I did wrong.”

The Italian football authorities are expected to review television footage of the match, including previous incidents between the players, before taking disciplinary action, which is expected to be confirmed on Tuesday.

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