Juventus star Douglas Costa has issued an apology for his “misleading reaction” after spitting in an opponent’s mouth.
The winger also elbowed and headbutted Sassuolo’s Federico di Franceso during the closing stages of the Old Lady’s 2-1 win.
After a VAR consultation from the referee, Costa was sent off and he’s set for further punishment from the Italian authorities.
However, Juve boss Max Allegri suggested his player may have been provoked.
This did not prevent Costa from issuing an apology though but he left Di Francesco out of the statement.
On Instagram, Costa wrote: “I would like to apologise to all of Juventus fans for this misleading reaction in today’s game.
“I also apologise to my teammates, who are always with me in good times and bad.
“I was ugly, I am aware and I apologise to everyone for it.
“I make it clear that this isolated attitude does not match what I have always shown in my career.”
Massimiliano Allegri condemned Costa’s actions.
He said: “Maybe he was irritated at a foul before.
“But it does not matter, because this absolutely must not happen.
“The one thing we must avoid doing is falling for provocation.
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“We could’ve scored a third goal, but instead we started to play as individuals, we tried to dribble past everyone, this wound up the opposition, who then reacted badly and you do get to situations like Douglas Costa.
Earlier in the game, Cristiano Ronaldo opened his goalscoring account for the Serie A giants.
Juve are in action in the Champions League on Wednesday night when they travel to Valencia. They are in Group H with Swiss side Young Boys and Premier League giants Manchester United.