Neymar at risk of missing clasico for Barcelona after freakish sending off

Real are three points clear at the top of La Liga, with a game in hand on Barcelona, after Barca's 2-0 defeat at Malaga later on Saturday.

However, Neymar then sarcastically applauded the fourth official, meaning he could be handed a two to three-game ban.

Referee Jesus Gil Manzano's report said: "The player Neymar Da Silva Santos J, after being sent off, when he was entering the tunnel, and [sarcastically] applauded the fourth official".

Neymar saw his first yellow card when he obstructed a Malaga free kick by tying his laces in front of the ball.

Things went from bad to worse after the interval with a second booking for Neymar-his first red card in La Liga - following a reckless foul on Diego Llorente near the corner flag.

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.

After all, they're trailing Real by three points in La Liga's standings and if they lose (or play to a draw in) El Clasico, it'll practically doom their chances of winning the league's championships.

Neymar will now miss Saturday's visit from Real Sociedad as well as the trip to the Bernabeu on April 23 and the visit from Osasuna.

Barca hardly troubled Malaga caretaker Carlos Kameni, although the Cameroon global did make two good conserves to block two firm initiatives from Luis Suarez. "I think the interpretation of the yellow cards is special", said Enrique. Barcelona giants, Leonel Messi and Luis Suarez tried their best to level the score, but today was not their day.

"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".

And they were undone by a Case of the Ex, as Barcelona's decision to sell Sandro Ramirez came back to haunt them, as it was his goal that gave Malaga the lead.

  • Julie Sanders