Brazil, Neymar drop appeal of four-game suspension
The Brazilian Football Federation said that forward Neymar will drop the appeal of his four-game suspension and miss the rest of the Copa America.
The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) disciplinary committee announced Friday that Neymar would be out for the rest of the tournament after he received a second yellow card during a 1–0 loss to Colombia.
After the game, Neymar attempted to head-butt Colombia defender Jeison Murillo, which started a fight. Colombia striker Carlos Bacca was also given a red card for his role in the melee. Neymar was fined $10,000 for his actions.
"Neymar is set to leave the Brazilian national football team headquarters this morning in Santiago de Chile," the Brazilian Football Federation said in an official statement.
The Brazilian Football Federation also said in the statement that they hoped the disciplinary committee of Copa America would apply the “same rigour as CONMEBOL," and that the ban applied to “all competitions organized by the entity.”
Referee Enrique Osses said in his official report after the match that Neymar insulted him, calling him a “son of a b----.”
Bacca’s mother defended her son, saying if he were in attendance during the match, she would have retaliated.
"But if I'd have been in the stadium, I would have taken off my high heel and hit Neymar; I know many women in the stadium would have joined me," Bacca's mother, Eloisa Ahumada said to Colombian paper El Heraldo, via The Guardian.
Brazil beat Venezuela 2-1 on Sunday and will next play Paraguay in the quarterfinals on June 27.
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