Juventus forward Douglas Costa has apologised after being sent off for spitting in the face of Sassuolo's Federico Di Francesco in a 2-1 Serie A win in Turin on Sunday (Sept 16).
Costa, 28, later posted an apology to Juventus teammates and fans on his Instagram account, although he replied to one comment by saying that people did not know what Sassuolo winger Di Francesco had said to him to provoke his anger.
"Maybe he was irritated at a foul before, but it doesn't matter, because these things should absolutely not happen. I also apologise to my team-mates, who are always with me in lovely and bad moments", he wrote.
The Brazilian escaped with a booking for elbowing and head-butting his rival as they tangled before the Sassuolo goal, but was sent off after cameras caught him spitting at the same player in another altercation.
"It was a bad mistake, I am aware of it and I apologise to everyone for this".
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"I want to make it clear that this isolated incident is not reflective of how I have carried myself throughout my career".
"We had the game where we wanted it but we started playing as individuals and not as a team".
"I don't expect Ronaldo to do more or less than what he did in the first three games, everyone was waiting for Ronaldo and he set up (Mario) Mandzukic. I was surprised by his reaction", he said.
Juventus looked brighter when Douglas Costa was introduced shortly after the hour mark and he started the move which led to the Bianconeri's second goal.
Next up for Allegri's men is a midweek fixture against Valencia at the Mestalla, as they kick off their latest assault on the Champions League, before returning to Serie A duty with a clash against Frosinone on Sunday.
"The referee blew the whistle right when the ball was going into the goal without even waiting for the action to be completed".