Neymar sent off against Málaga, will probably be suspended for El Clásico

The Brazilian was booked twice (once for tying his laces provocatively, the other for a challenge) and then applauded the fourth official sarcastically as he left the pitch
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Neymar sent off against Málaga, will probably be suspended for El Clásico

Neymar was sent off against Málaga, in Barcelona's 2-0 defeat, having picked up two yellow cards. The Brazilian striker was booked in the first half of the match when he cheekily stopped Málaga taking a free-kick by tying his laces right next to the ball. Referee Gil Manzano wasn't buying Neymar's footwear related excuses though and booked him.

Neymar claims he was only doing his shoe up, but referee Gil Manzano booked him

Neymar picks up second yellow

And the laces incident came back to haunt Neymar, when he forcefully challenged Llorente in the 65th minute. Gil Manzano decided it was worth a yellow and gave Neymar his marching orders.

Neymar sent off against Málaga

Neymar applauds officials sarcastically

As Neymar left the pitch he sarcastically applauded the fourth official. And that could be a major problem for the player. Gil Manzano included Neymar's actions in his report: "In the 65th minute player (number 11) Da Silva Santos J, Neymar was sent off for the following reason: second yellow", adding "After being sent off and when he was heading towards the tunnel to the dressing rooms, he applauded the fourth official".

Neymar likely to miss El Clásico

The referee's report, including Neymar's sarcastic applause towards the fourth official

Neymar will be suspended for one game for the two yellow cards. But he will also likely face a further two to three game ban under article 117 of the disciplinary code, for contempt of the officials. Barcelona play Real Sociedad next weekend, before the Clásico on Sunday 23 April, meaning Neymar is almost certain to miss the match against Real Madrid

Neymar: first Barcelona player sent off in 59 games

Neymar is the first Barcelona player to be sent off in 59 games. This is the player's fifth sending off of his career. He's seen red three times with Santos and once with Brazil. 

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