Barca appeal against Neymar’s ban

Barcelona have failed in appeal for Neymar’s three match suspension  after he was handed the punishment for sarcastically applauding the fourth official.

The news of Neymar ban earlier this month, becoming the first player to be dismissed in La Liga since October 2015, and his dismissal was his first  in his four season with the club, came as blow for Luis Enrique in the wake of his side’s Champions League elimination at the hands of Juventus.

Barca tried to appeal to the court of Arbitration for sport in order to have his punishment overturned, claiming that his reaction wasn't directed at the official, but the Royal Spanish Football Federation’s Appeal Committee rejected their claim and upheld the sanction.

The El Clasico will face Real Madrid in Santiago Bernabeu and a defeat at the weekend would effectively hand the title to the Merengue for the first time since 2011-12, leaving them to strive for  Copa del Rey, where they will meet Alaves in May's final, as their last opportunity for major silverware this season