Neymar to miss Clasico as part of three-game suspension

by Steven Clarke April 14, 2017, 1:25
Neymar to miss Clasico as part of three-game suspension

The Brazilian was given his marching orders by the referee during Barca's 2-0 defeat to Malaga and will miss the El Classico with a three match ban.

Perhaps what is more intriguing is that Gil reports "Neymar was isolated this time from the rest of players, very affected by his expulsion, in a painful return journey".

The Spanish Federation of Soccer brought the hammer down on Barcelona " s Neymar on Tuesday, handing him a three-game red card suspension according to Sports Illustrated.

Neymar was booked in the first half for fiddling with his footwear to delay a Malaga free kick, whilst a late challenge on Malaga's Diego Llorente in the second half earned him a second yellow card.

Forward Neymar, who had with 15 goals for Barca this season in all competitions, was sent off in the 65th minute after receiving a second yellow card.

Neymar, who has nine assists in La Liga this season, will now miss the games against Real Sociedad, Real Madrid and Osasuna.

Visibly upset, Neymar began his departure from the pitch and sarcastically applauded one of the match officials as he made his way toward the locker room.

Neymar was sent off as Barcelona lost ground on Real Madrid in the La Liga title race with a defeat at Malaga.

Former Barcelona striker Sandro Ramirez opened the scoring for Malaga with a breakaway goal in the 32nd minute before Jony added a 90th-minute second for the hosts.

Players found to have shown contempt to referees, under article 117 of the disciplinary guidelines, are given a further two to three match ban.

"I think the interpretation of the yellow cards is special", said Enrique.

Had it only been a one-game ban, then Neymar would have been able to play in "El Clasico".

"We have to be very careful in some games because there have been strong tackles from behind that did not result in a yellow even though they were clearly worth a booking".

In the same time, Real Madrid's title hopes were dented after they were held to a 1-1 Madrid derby by Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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