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Neymar suspended, Barcelona forward will miss El Clasico vs. Real Madrid

The referee shows a red card to Barcelona

The referee shows a red card to Barcelona forward Neymar da Silva during a La Liga match against Malaga CF at La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga on April 8, 2017. Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Jorge Guerrero

MADRID — Barcelona forward Neymar has been handed a two-game suspension for sarcastically applauding an assistant referee and will miss Barcelona’s game against Real Madrid in the Spanish league.

The two-match ban announced Tuesday comes in addition to the one-game suspension he was automatically required to serve after being sent off in a 2-0 loss at Malaga on Sunday.

A highlight of the Spanish season, the game between the league leaders is on April 23 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Defending champion Barcelona is three points behind Madrid, which has a game in hand.

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