Neymar out for El Clasico after three game suspension

Neymar was sent off as Barcelona were shocked 2-0 by Malaga on Saturday.

However, it later emerged that Neymar faced an extended suspension after referee Jesus Gil Manzano noted in his report that the Barcelona ace applauded the fourth official as he made his way off the pitch.

Javier Mascherano believes Barcelona teammate Neymar should be able to play in the El Clasico against Real Madrid despite his red card against Malaga last weekend.

The first card came after Neymar bent over to tie his boot laces and did not give space for a Malaga player to cleanly take a free kick. He was then given a second booking and dismissed for a foul on Malaga defender Diego Llorente.

Expectations were that Barcelona would seize the summit of La Liga from rivals Real Madrid after the Madrid derby with Atletico had ended 1-1.

Tchau, Neymar. That's how they say "Boy, Bye" in Portuguese, as the Brazilian star was handed a devastating three game ban on April 11, according to ESPN.

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Neymar was given two yellow cards in Barca's 2-0 loss Saturday to Malaga at La Rosaleda Stadium.

Barcelona can still appeal the decision and are nearly certain to do so.

Barcelona are now three points off Real Madrid having played a game more than their rivals, meaning a win at the Bernabeu is likely to be essential if they are to retain the title.

Barcelona forward Neymar has been slapped with a two-game suspension for his sarcastic applause of an assistant referee and will miss the club's upcoming contest against Real Madrid as a result. Barcelona giants, Leonel Messi and Luis Suarez tried their best to level the score, but today was not their day.

The suspension means that the Brazil worldwide will miss the potential title decider against Real Madrid on April 23 at the Bernabeu.

"There was some very ugly tackles from behind from their team which didn't see them get booked and others committed by us which were given yellows".

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