The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has agreed to pay €1.7 million to Spain's tax agency which was investigating him for non-payment of taxes on image rights.
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is the latest star to fall foul of the Spanish authorities for possible non-payment of taxes on image rights.
Atletico Madrid have indicated they will appeal an eight-match suspension handed to Diego Costa by the Spanish Football Federation.
Diego Costa was left out of the Spain squad announced by coach Luis Enrique ahead of games against Wales and England.
Atletico Madrid came from behind to beat Monaco 2-1 in their Champions League Group A opener on Tuesday.
Diego Costa rejected claims he intentionally stamped on Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand in a win over Iran but admitted his goal came down to "luck".
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a dramatic hat-trick as Spain drew with Portugal in their Soccer World Cup opener in Sochi.
Diego Costa will walk out for his eighth Madrid derby on Sunday, four years since his last at the Santiago Bernabeu when he scored Atletico's winner.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists it was the right decision to replace Diego Costa with Alvaro Morata, but admits his back injury is a concern for the club.
Diego Costa is facing three months out after Atletico Madrid confirmed the striker underwent surgery on a cervical disc on Thursday.
Atletico Madrid say that Diego Costa has suffered ankle ligament damage after he was stretchered off during their friendly with Beitar Jerusalem.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone believes Diego Costa's eight-match ban is harsh and has dismissed suggestions the striker could be sold in the summer.
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa will miss the rest of the season after being handed an eight-match suspension by the Spanish Football Federation.
Spain international striker Diego Costa has admitted that he made a mistake by leaving Atletico Madrid for Premier League outfit Chelsea.
Saul Niguez and Koke scored in extra time as Atletico Madrid fought back to beat city rivals Real Madrid and win the UEFA Super Cup.
Spain put their World Cup ambitions back on track with a hard fought victory over Iran in a match that they certainly didn't have everything their own way.
Diego Costa killed Arsene Wenger's last hope of a glorious Arsenal farewell as his goal sent Atletico Madrid through to the Europa League final.
Diego Costa has told team-mate Antoine Griezmann he is best off staying at Atletico Madrid.
Spain striker Diego Costa claimed he was coming home after completing his return to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea.
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