La Liga: Barcelona confirm they will appeal to CAS over Neymar's 3-match suspension
Barcelona made a last-gasp bid to have star striker Neymar back for Sunday's critical Clasico clash with an appeal to a Spanish sports court against his three-game ban
Madrid: Barcelona made a last-gasp bid to have star striker Neymar back for Sunday's critical Clasico clash with an appeal to a Spanish sports court against his three-game ban.
As it stands the 25-year-old is set to miss the blockbuster showdown at the Santiago Bernabeu after being shown the first red card of his Barcelona career for two bookable offences in a 2-0 defeat at Malaga earlier this month that badly dented their hopes of retaining the Spanish title.
"With the Appeal Committee (Spanish federation) dismissing FC Barcelona's appeal for the three-match suspension of Neymar Jr, the club will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (in Spain)," Barcelona said in a statement.
Neymar has already missed Barcelona's 3-2 win over Real Sociedad and will also miss Wednesday's game against Osasuna if the Spanish court (TAD) turns down the appeal.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham face a £25 million fine and 30-point deduction if there are further attempts to break away.
The India captain is also just a goal away from entering world football's all-time top-10. He is behind Hungary's Sandor Kocsis, Japan's Kunishige Kamamoto, and Kuwait's Bashar Abdullah, who all have 75 goals.
Ronaldo has now scored 11 goals in the tournament, two more than French great Michel Platini, who netted nine times when he led France to glory in 1984.