Juventus to fine winger Douglas Costa for spitting incident - Max Allegri

Published on: 16 September 2018

Douglas Costa was sent off in the final minutes of Juventus' win over Sassualo after he appeared to spit in face of Federico Di Francesco.

Cristiano scored his first goal with Juventus in the 50th minute and added a second goal 15 minutes later as Juventus defeated Sassuolo 2-1.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said winger Douglas Costa faces a fine after he was sent off for spitting at Sassuolo's Federico Di Francesco on Sunday.

The incident marred a 2-1 Serie A win in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goals for the club. Allegri was also angry at the way his team played after going 2-0 ahead in the 65th minute of the game, saying they became too individualistic.

Costa was dismissed for spitting at Di Francesco after a running feud in which the Brazilian also elbowed and head-butted the Sassuolo player.

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"Even if he was fouled, these episodes must not happen," Allegri told reporters. "We mustn't fall for provocation.

"The game was winding down, we had it in the bag and, instead, we stopped playing as a team, everyone wanted to dribble a bit.

"Then the other team gets back into the game, some players get irritated and that sort of thing happens."

Allegri added: "It's only right that [Costa] is fined, and he certainly will be ... I was surprised by his reaction. We have suffered a goal, a red card and a suspension which will be long."

Juventus have won their first four Serie A games and will now turn their attention to their first Champions League group-stage game, which will be away against Valencia on Wednesday.

Source: espn.co.uk