Neymar will miss the upcoming El Claciso after receiving a three game ban – The Brazilian was shown a red card against Malaga as Barcelona lost 2 – 0
The forward applauded referee Gil Manzano after he was given his marching orders, Neymar will miss Barcelona’s games against Real Soceidad, Madrid and Osasuna The Spanish Football Federation has handed Barcelona’s Neymar a three game ban, hence dashing his hopes of featuring in the upcoming El Clasico against Real Madrid.
The Brazilian was shown a second yellow card and a red against Malaga which resulted in a one game ban but the Spanish FA added two more games for dissent against referee Gil Manzano who he applauded as he marched off the pitch.
The Brazilian forward was reported by Manzano after the match for ironically clapping his decision as he left the field. The Spanish Football Federation made the announcement on Tuesday.
Neymar will miss Saturday’s clash at Camp Nou against Real Sociedad, and the following week’s El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu. Neymar’s suspension will also see him miss the clash against Osasuna on April 26.
Barca currently trail Madrid by three points, with Zinedine Zidane’s men holding an additional game in hand over their rivals.
Barcelona have said they will contest the decision before the Appeals Committee on Wednesday. The Catalans are arguing that Neymar’s sarcastic clapping did not necessarily mean dissent and that the additional ban is therefore unjustified. The Brazilian has scored nine goals and provided 10 assists in the league this season making him second only to Suarez as a provider.