Barcelona news: Blaugrana lose Neymar appeal

Brazilian forward Neymar has been automatically ruled out of this weekend’s El Clasico with Real Madrid after Blaugrana’s red card appeal for the 25-year-old was thrown out by the Spanish football authority [LFP] on Thursday.

In addition to the El Clasico on Sunday, Neymar will also miss La Liga match against bottom-placed Osasuna on April 26.

The federation appeals committee said it was not overturning the two-game suspension handed to Neymar for sarcastically applauding an assistant referee in Barcelona’s 2-0 loss at Malaga on April 8.

The two-match ban was in addition to a one-game suspension he was automatically required to serve after being sent off in Malaga.

Neymar served that suspension last weekend as Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 3-2.

Barcelona, who crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday, losing 3-0 on aggregate to Serie A giants Juventus, trail league leaders Madrid by three points ahead of this weekend’s showdown at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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