Barcelona loses ap­peal on Ney­mar's sus­pen­sion

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Barcelona's ap­peal to an­nul the sus­pen­sion that will keep Ney­mar from play­ing in the cla­sico against Real Madrid was re­jected by the Span­ish foot­ball fed­er­a­tion yes­ter­day.

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.

In ad­di­tion to the cla­sico on Sun­day, the Brazil­ian for­ward will also miss the Span­ish league game against last-place Osasuna on April 26.

Barcelona is likely to ap­peal the com­mit­tee's de­ci­sion to a lo­cal sports tri­bunal.

Barcelona trails Real Madrid by three points with six rounds to go in the league. The two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion is com­ing off elim­i­na­tion to Ju­ven­tus in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the Cham­pi­ons League.

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