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Barcelona confirm Neymar will not play in Clasico after appealing to CAS over ban

Date Posted,April 22, 2017

Barcelona have confirmed they will not select Neymar for the Clasico against Real Madrid.

The Brazilian was sent off in Barcelona’s clash with Malaga earlier this month after picking up tow yellow cards.

He was automatically handed a one-game ban before being given an additional two matches for sarcastically clapping the officials as he left the pitch.

Barca’s appeal to the Spanish football federation was rejected and they took their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

But after days of uncertainty, they have decided against naming Neymar in the squad.

Neymar sees red against Malaga (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
The Brazilian trudges off (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

Spain’s Court of Arbitration (TAD) were not able to deal with the case over the weekend but warned Barca would be sanctioned for selecting Neymar.

“Against the uncertainty due to the lack of reply from TAD with 12 hours to go until the game, and to focus all attention on sporting matters, the club have opted not to call up Neymar,” a statement on Sunday read.

“However, Barcelona expresses its amazement at TAD’s refusal to exercise its jurisdictional functions, something which directly damages both the clubs and the competition itself.”

Neymar shows his dejection against Juventus in midweek (Photo: Shaun Botterill)

Arda Turan is set to replace Neymar in the Barca squad at the Bernabeu after recovering from injury.

Luis Enrique’s men go into the encounter three points behind their fierce rivals and a defeat will put Real in pole position to win the title.

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