Barcelona star Neymar to miss intense El Classico fixture

Neymar's sending off helped Malaga pick up a 2-0 win over Barcelona, with the La Liga strugglers already a goal up when the Brazil worldwide was red carded.

Neymar's red card in Barcelona's 2-0 away defeat to Malaga this Saturday evening has seen him suspended for this month's El Clasico, to be played April 23rd.

The Spanish league has extended his automatic one-match ban for his red card by two further matches, because of his reaction to the second booking, which was noted by referee Jesus Gil Manzano.

Neymar has received a three-game ban following his sending off against Malaga and will miss El Clasico.

The Brazilian had already booked for obstructing the taking of a free kick by tying his laces in front of the ball. The second came for a foul on Roberto Rosales.

Neymar picked up two yellow cards as Barcelona slumped at Malaga. Barcelona, the defending champions, is now three points adrift of Madrid at the top of the table, third-place Atletico Madrid is 10 points off the lead.

The Barcelona talisman will now miss Barcelona's clashes vs Real Sociedad (H), Real Madrid (A) and Osasuna (H).

Neymar sarcastically applauded the official as he walked down the tunnel - a sign of dissent.

Malaga pulled off the shock of the La Liga matchday this past weekend, as they beat Barcelona 2-0.

While Barcelona are expected to appeal the decision, it is unlikely their appeal will be successful and they will just have to make do without the talented Brazilian for the aforementioned games.

Enrique said: "We need to be careful in these type of matches, there were some very ugly challenges which should have been a card and others committed by us which were marked with a yellow".

The Catalans are arguing that Neymar's sarcastic clapping did not necessarily mean dissent and that the additional ban is therefore unjustified.

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Neymar da Silva during their match against CF Malaga.

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