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.