Brazil’s Ney­mar sus­pended for one match af­ter fra­cas

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Brazil­ian star Ney­mar has been pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended for one match and could face a harsher fi­nal pun­ish­ment, of­fi­cials said Thurs­day af­ter the striker re­ceived a red card dur­ing a fra­cas in Brazil’s Copa Amer­ica loss to Colom­bia.

South Amer­i­can fed­er­a­tion CONMEBOL’s dis­ci­plinary com- mit­tee “pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended Ney­mar for one game af­ter his be­hav­ior in the af­ter­math of Brazil’s 1-0 de­feat to Colom­bia, and will meet on Fri­day to de­cide the fi­nal pun­ish­ment,” said a state­ment on the Copa Amer­ica web­site.

Colom­bia up­set the five- time world cham­pi­ons in a com­bat­ive game Wed­nes­day that ended in a tu­mul­tuous melee, as Ney­mar ap­peared to aim a head­butt at Colom­bian goalscorer Jei­son Murillo.

Colom­bian striker Car­los Bacca also re­ceived a red card for push­ing Ney­mar from be­hind.

Ney­mar had pre­vi­ously re­ceived a sec­ond yel­low card for a hand­ball, mean­ing at least a onegame sus­pen­sion was in­evitable.

The Barcelona star had re­ceived a first yel­low card dur­ing Brazil’s open­ing win against Peru.

The Copa Amer­ica

web­site ini­tially re­ported a two- game sus­pen­sion, but later clar­i­fied that the 23-year-old striker was sus­pended for one game in a pre­lim­i­nary de­ci­sion, to be re­viewed when the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee meets Fri­day.

A two-match sus­pen­sion would rule him out of Brazil’s fi­nal group game against Venezuela Sun­day and any quar­ter­fi­nal clash.

There was al­ready bad blood be­tween Ney­mar and the Colom- bian team head­ing into the match.

He suf­fered a frac­tured ver­te­bra when Colom­bia’s Juan Camilo Zu­niga col­lided with him in their World Cup quar­ter­fi­nal clash last July, an in­jury that side­lined him for the rest of the tour­na­ment.

Wed­nes­day’s match left Group C of the South Amer­i­can cham­pi­onship up for grabs, with three teams tied at three points each: Brazil, Colom­bia and Venezuela.

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