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10 Stars Who Received Football Bans

With Diego Costa being slapped with an eight-match ban for insulting the referee, here are ten stars who were banned for various transgressions, including an FC Barcelona striker and a former Orlando Pirates midfielder.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery to view ten footballers who were handed bans for various reasons

The Atletico Madrid talisman received his marching orders for verbally abusing the man in the middle in the 28th minute of the 2-0 loss to LaLiga table-toppers Barcelona over the weekend.

Referee Jesus Gil Manzano revealed what Costa told him and as a result, the former Chelsea superstar's action has been slapped with an eight-match ban – four games for insulting the referee and four games for manhandling him.

However, the Spain striker, who is likely to miss the remainder of the season is not the only footballer who has made transgressions and paid the price for it.

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Barcelona superstar Luis Suarez is no stranger to treading on the wrong side of the law. The 32-year-old has been involved in three separate biting incidents for Ajax Amsterdam, Liverpool, and Uruguay.

Suarez' most severe ban came after an occurrence in a group encounter at the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Italy, whereby he the Uruguayan found guilty of biting defender Georgio Chiellini and was banned from all footballing activities for four months.

Closer to home, former Pirates midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo was handed a severe four-year ban for the use of cocaine in 2016.

According to the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sports, Bibo, as the player is known in the local football fraternity revealed that he had been influenced by his friends to take the illegal substance.

Two years into his suspension, the now Baroka midfielder had his ban reduced to two years, following a successful appeal with the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sports.

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Click through the gallery above to view ten footballers who received bans for various reasons!

Which player on this list received the harshest ban in your opinion? Which other players were on the end of harsh bans? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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