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Barcelona appeal to Spanish Sports Tribunal over referee’s decision to ban Neymar

3-match ban

Barcelona will appeal to Spanish Sports Tribunal (TAD) over Neymar Jr’s 3-match ban, according to a club statement.

Neymar was sent off in Barcelona’s recent 2-0 defeat at Malaga for two bookable offences, but received a three-game suspension as punishment.

The Brazilian forward served the first of his three matches in Barca’s nervy 3-2 win over Real Sociedad last weekend.

Neymar returned to the Barca line-up for their Champions League quarter-final second leg draw with Juventus, which saw the Spanish side get knocked out of the competition.

Club statement

According to the referee’s report produced by Gil Manzano, Neymar received the first card for “not respecting the regulated distance before a free-kick, after being warned in advance”. For the second yellow, he was sanctioned for “bringing down an opponent when disputing for the ball”. And, in addition, he also wrote that Neymar “after being sent off and when he was heading to the tunnel, he went towards the fourth official and applauded him”.