Brazilian Neymar Suspended Three Games, To Miss El Clasico

The official's post-match report specifically mentioned Neymar sarcastically applauding the fourth official on the way off the pitch.

Neymar will miss this weekend's home game against Real Sociedad, the April 23 trip to the Bernabeu, and the home clash with Osasuna three days later.

The Brazilian was booked in the first-half for delaying a Malaga free-kick by tying his shoelaces in front of the ball and then charged into Roberto Rosales 25 minutes from time to see his second yellow card.

Barcelona could not fight their way back into the contest from 1-0 down and ended up conceding again, as they slipped up in their pursuit of Real Madrid.

Even with a win in the Neymar-less Clasico, Barcelona would need help from one of Real's remaining opponents to win the league.

The red card was Neymar's first of his FC Barcelona career for two bookable offences as the Catalans were left to rue letting Sandro Ramirez join Malaga for free last summer.

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. "There have been other players who have done the same and have only received one-game suspensions".

Barcelona were handed an opportunity to rise to the top of La Liga after their Los Blancos rivals dropped pointed in the dying minutes of their derby clash against Atletico Madrid, courtesy of an 86th minute Greizmann equaliser.

Certainly, a second defeat inside three days would not go down at all well around Messi, Suarez and Mascharano's table.

The suspension means that the Brazil global will miss the potential title decider against Real Madrid on April 23 at the Bernabeu.

"It's curious that a team like us that doesn't usually kick people gets so many yellow cards in such an incomprehensible manner", Enrique said.

  • Julie Sanders