Former West Ham United defender facing permanent ban from Portuguese club

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The name Manuel da Costa will ring a bell with West Ham United fans.

Manuel da Costa spent two years at West Ham, scoring three goals for the club in the process.

His time in London was overshadowed by an incident which saw him hauled to court for a nightclub incident, which he admitted common assault and was landed with a fine.

He had his moments for the Hammers but was regularly in and out of the side, only making a combined 30 Premier League appearances in two seasons, and could not help them avoid relegations

He left for Lokomotiv Moscow in 2011, rather than playing in the Championship, but is currently playing in Portugal. 

But for how much longer is anyone's guess.

He is on loan from Lokomotiv to Portuguese top flight side Nacional, where he has played 16 games this season.

At the weekend he was sent off against Rio Ave, the club who have Manchester United's Bebe on loan, for two bookable offences, just like he was against the same team back in October.

His second yellow was needless, for kicking the ball away, much to the anger of his manager who criticised him after the game.

What happened next is the centrepiece of the controversy.

Portuguese newspaper O Jogo reports that Da Costa was asked about his conduct after the game in the locker room by a teammate, and responded by 'beating him up.'

As a result Da Costa has been banned by the club, ordered not to attend training and told he will not be required for their upcoming games.

If they do not relax their stance, a one-way ticket from his homeland back to his parent club in Russia beckons.

What do you remember about Da Costa's spell at West Ham? 

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