Neymar suspended four games, will miss remainder of Copa America
Neymar lost his cool at the conclusion of Brazil's 1-0 Copa America loss to Colombia. On Friday, it was announced he will miss the remainder of the tournament.
CONMEBOL, South America's governing body for soccer, announced on Friday that Neymar will be suspended four games and fined as a result of the red card received following Wednesday's loss to Colombia. The suspension knocks him out of the remainder of Copa America in Chile.
Controversy struck down on the young Brazilian, nearly a year after he fractured his vertebra in a physical World Cup quarterfinal win over Colombia. Tensions run high whenever these two sides meet, and that was clearly evident throughout Wednesday's physical match. By the final whistle, Neymar sent off for attempting to head-butt Jeison Murillo of Colombia -- the only goal scorer -- while both sides walked off the pitch. According to Brazilian media Globo, the Barcelona man was issued a four-game ban not only for his actions on the pitch after the match, but for also confronting referee Enrique Osses in the tunnel leading to the dressing room.
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) can appeal the suspension, which could reduce the ban to three games, meaning he'd be available to play in the Copa America final, if Brazil advances that far in the tournament. Without Neymar's presence, Brazil will need at least a draw against Venezuela to advance out of Group C and into the knockout stage. The winner of the Copa America will represent CONMEBOL in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
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