Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Neymar ban appeal fails, won't play in El Clasico

Neymar will indeed miss Sunday's El Clasico after all. The Brazilian striker, suspended three matches for his behavior after receiving a red card in the April 8 loss at Malaga, looked to get permission to play as Barcelona took an appeal case to Spain's Court of Arbitration for Sport.

But, no luck. Barca announced early on Sunday that he would miss the match, choosing to not name him to the squad after not hearing a definitive answer from the court.

After losing its first appeal, Barca took the case to the court on Saturday to try and delay the start of the ban, hoping it could see the ban suspended until a decision is made, allowing him to play on Sunday, where second-place Barcelona looks to match first-place Real Madrid in the standings with a win.

Barca was holding out the slightest bit of hope that Neymar would play, which is a huge upgrade over the players likely to replace him in the starting lineup - Paco Alcacer or Arda Turan. 


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