Neymar suspended for El Clasico
The Brazilian would typically have received a one-match ban for the dismissal but due to his alleged sarcastic applause for the fourth official when he left the pitch he has been punished with an additional two-game suspension.
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”.
Barcelona’s preparations for the El Clasico at the end of April took a major hit as the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Tuesday announced that star forward Neymar has been suspended for three games. The second came with about 25 minutes left in the game when Neymar charged into an opponent with no real chance of winning back the ball.
Real Madrid is still leading La Liga with 72 points, followed by Barcelona with 69 points.
The Spanish league could impose an extra three-game ban.
Neymar was given a second yellow card – and his marching orders – for a cynical foul on Diego Llorente as Barca slipped to 2-0 defeat at the La Rosaleda Stadium on Saturday.
Sources have told ESPN FC that Barcelona will appeal the decision in the hope of reducing the ban.
And Malaga rounded off a famous win in the final minute when Pablo Fornals squared for Jony to fire into an unguarded net.
Currently, Barcelona are three points off league leaders Real Madrid, who have a game in hand.
Neymar will be on the sidelines for Saturday’s clash at Camp Nou against Real Sociedad, and will also play no part in the following week’s Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Barcelona, which is expected to appeal, had tried to defend the player by saying that he didn’t directly address the assistant and never yelled or touched any member of the match officials.
Looking at the recent past, it appears nearly inevitable that Neymar will have to sit out at least one more game following the automatic suspension he’ll receive due to getting the red card.
“I think the interpretation of the yellow cards is special”, said the Barcelona manager.
“There was some very ugly tackles from behind from their team which didn’t see them get booked and others committed by us which were given yellows”.