Diego Costa was sent off in the 97th minute for a Headbutt on Brentford’s Ben Mee


Diego Costa was shown a straight red card after headbutting Brentford midfielder Ben Mee in Saturday afternoon’s match-up.

Diego Costa was sent off in the 97th minute for a Headbutt on Brentford's Ben Mee

The event happened during Saturday’s 1-1 draw between Wolves and the Bees in the 97th minute.

Unbelievably, it was Costa’s first ever red card in the Premier League. Note that Costa was a former star for Chelsea.

Costa expressed regret for the headbutt that resulted in his dismissal during stoppage time.

After VAR detected a collision between the seasoned attacker and Bees defender Mee on the edge of the area, referee Bobby Madley issued the experienced striker a straight red card.

Costa clashed with the former Burnley captain as Wolves got ready to send a last-second cross into the Brentford penalty area.

Costa briefly turned his head in the direction of Mee, as shown on the video replay.

But after bringing it back, Costa attacked it once more, this time in a more violent way.

As soon as VAR was consulted, the game was paused.

The decision to give a red card was made with ease when the referee received a prompt order to inspect the monitor.

Costa will now face a three-game suspension, delaying his next Wolves appearance until after the World Cup.

Steve Davis, the interim manager, said: “I haven’t watched it back yet, but obviously the ref went over and decided it’s a red card.”

“He’s apologised. When emotions are high it is difficult to discuss things, but we’ll have a conversation with him next week.”

“It will open up doors for other players or maybe we will play in a different way.”

The 34-year-old Spaniard, who was born in Brazil, left Atletico Mineiro last month and signed for Wolves on a free transfer.

For his new team, Costa is yet to score.

Diego Costa was sent off in the 97th minute for a Headbutt on Brentford's Ben Mee

At his old team Chelsea, the veteran had previously gone 89 league games without receiving a red card.

Despite being one of the most aggressive competitors in competition history, that is the case.

Costa did, however, end up receiving one caution during his time at Chelsea.

During an FA Cup match against Everton, he notoriously seemed to bite Gareth Barry, earning him a second yellow card.

Diego Costa

Diego da Silva Costa, better known by his playing name Diego Costa, was born on October 7, 1988. He is a professional footballer who currently plays as a striker for Wolverhampton Wanderers of the Premier League and the Spanish national team.

Costa holds dual citizenship in Spain and Brazil. In 2013, he participated in two games for Brazil before announcing his desire to play for Spain after obtaining citizenship in that country in September.

In the months since his March 2014 debut, he has amassed 24 caps for Spain, scored 10 goals, and represented them in both the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups.

Costa, who is renowned for having a fiery disposition, has received criticism and punishment for multiple altercations with opponents.

Costa’s Anger Issues

The Wolverhampton Wanderers striker’s older brother claimed that Diego Costa usually loses his cool while playing football since the Spain international never wants to lose on the field.

Jair Costa, the striker’s elder brother, said that the Wolverhampton player has always struggled with maintaining composure in competitive situations.

“This isn’t something new. It’s the same old story,” Jair told The Sun in an interview.

“It’s hard for Diego to change a habit of a lifetime. He always loses his temper easily and ends up in fights when he plays football.”

“As brothers we’ve always been close but always fought over football because we were so passionate about trying to be better than the other.”

Diego Costa was sent off in the 97th minute for a Headbutt on Brentford's Ben Mee

“He never wants to be beaten and, as a child, if his team lost or he disagreed with a foul, he would fly into a rage ending up in scraps with his opponent.”

He added: “When he played for fun with us he was a real tyrant, especially if he was on the losing side. If his team was beaten he’d insist on playing the game again and again until he won.”

“And on the replays he’d run around like a madman, trying even harder than before, determined to win.”


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