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Barcelona star Neymar banned for El Clasico

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MALAGA, SPAIN - APRIL 08: Neymar Jr. of FC Barcelona is shown a red card during the La Liga match between Malaga CF and FC Barcelona at La Rosaleda stadium on April 8, 2017 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Barcelona forward Neymar will miss El Clasico later this month.

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The Brazilian striker was sent off in Barca’s 2-0 defeat at Malaga at the weekend for two yellow cards and he sarcastically applauded the officials as he walked off.

That action has got him in big trouble as it was announced he had been handed an extra two-game ban to add on to his one-game ban for picking up a red card.

It was confirmed by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Tuesday that Neymar had been banned for three games, meaning he will miss Barcelona’s games against Real Sociedad this weekend, plus the clash against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Apr. 23 and a clash with Osasuna three days later.

It has been widely reported that Barca will appeal the decision.

Real Madrid is currently top of La Liga, four points ahead of Barcelona in the standings.

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