Thomas Partey believes the decision to ban his Atletico Madrid team-mate Diego Costa for eight games “isn’t fair” and hopes the club can find a way to lower the suspension.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) handed Costa a surprise eight-game ban for insulting referee Jesus Gil Manzano during Atletico’s 2-0 defeat to La Liga title rivals Barcelona at Camp Nou last weekend.
The match official accused Costa of insulting his mother, with several players intervening before Gerard Pique managed to convince the Spain international to walk away.
The RFEF imposed a four-match suspension on Costa for insulting Manzano and another four for clutching the official’s arm.
Therefore, Costa’s season is now over unless Atletico can find a way to overturn the ban for their remaining seven league games of the season.
Speaking shortly after the punishment was announced, Atletico midfielder Thomas announced that it’s too excessive.
“I just heard it, I think it’s too much,” said Thomas, according to Fox Sports.
“I think it’s too much, it isn’t fair and I hope we talk to them and they lower their sanction, because of the circumstances.
“Everything depends on the occasion and everyone has their own ways of doing things, maybe he has not acted well here, but for me, there are too many games for him and for the whole team.”
Meanwhile, Los Colchoneros president Enrique Cerezo was also taken aback by the length of Costa’s ban by the RFEF.
“I did not expect it to be so many matches but that’s what they have decided,” said Cerezo.
“It’s a shame because every player has a different temperament on the pitch.
“They were fouling Diego a lot and there comes a time when you have to get angry. But it is not justifiable because an insult is never justifiable.”
Atletico will host Celta Vigo at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday for their next La Liga fixture.