Barcelona will be missing a key player in Neymar for this weekend’s El Clasico, due to a ban he received earlier in the month as the Catalan giants fell to a 2-0 defeat to Malaga.
According to Sky Sports, Barcelona had their appeal against the Brazilian’s two match ban turned down by the Spanish Football Federation.
In addition to this, the report claims that Barcelona are likely to appeal the committee’s decision to a local sports tribunal in the hope of making the player available for Sunday’s important tie.
Neymar was sent off in the game against Malaga but was also given an additional two match ban for ‘sarcastically applauding’ a match official in the same game.
Neymar served his one game sending off ban as Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 3-2 last Saturday but his side will disappointed to discover he will miss the next two game as well, including the El Clasico against Real Madrid a game against La Liga’s bottom side Osasuna.
This news has only compounded the miserable week Barca have suffered having also been knocked out of the Champions League by Juventus at the quarter final stage.
However, a victory over fierce rivals Real will put Barca top of La Liga, at least for a while on goal difference, but Madrid do have a game in hand over their Spanish rivals.
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