Barcelona were unsuccessful in their appeal of Neymar’s three-match ban before the appeals committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Thursday.
They may take the case to the federation’s Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday. If they win, Neymar could be eligible to play in Sunday’s Clasico against Real Madrid.
Neymar was banned after receiving two yellow cards as Barca were beaten at Malaga earlier this month, the first player to be dismissed in La Liga since October 2015. Which was later sentenced to a 3-match ban, his first during his 4 seasons with the club.
His first yellow card was for blocking the taking of a free-kick by tying his laces and the second was for his challenge to Roberto Rosales.
It was meant to be a one-match ban, however, referee Jesus Gil Manzano wrote in his report that Neymar had “sarcastically applauded” the official as as he was leaving the pitch
The RFEF competition committee deemed that as worthy of an additional two-game ban, which entailed Neymar missing the game with Real Sociedad, Osasuna, and their big match with Real Madrid, the el Clasico.