Brazilian forward Neymar has been suspended for four games in the wake of a post-match fight earlier this week, CONMEBOL announced Friday.
Brazilian forward Neymar has been suspended for four games in the wake of a post-match fight during a Copa America match earlier this week, CONMEBOL announced Friday.
During the team's 1–0 loss to Colombia, in Santiago, Chile, Neymar was called for a handball and awarded his second yellow card of the group stage, which ruled him out for the team's final group stage game.
Following the game - which marked Brazil's first loss to Colombia in over two decades - Neymar kicked a ball at the back of a Colombian defender, which then prompted a fight that earned him a red card.
According to Globoesporte, Neymar allegedly waited in the stadium tunnel after the match to "insult" the match's referee.
The suspension ends his participation for Brazil in Copa America. With one group stage match left, Brazil has at most four games remaining in the tournament.
This marks the second straight summer Neymar ended a major tournament prematurely when facing the Colombian national team. In 2014, Neymar broke his vertebrae while facing Colombia in the World Cup Quarterfinals.
A victory over Venezuela in the team's final group stage game would qualify them for the tournament's eight-team knockout stage.