BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Barcelona will campaign for as long as possible to get the suspended Neymar playing against Real Madrid on Sunday in a clasico that will go a long way to deciding the Spanish league.
Spain's sports tribunal said on Saturday that while it had not yet had the opportunity to consider the appeal Barcelona lodged to challenge Neymar's suspension, that did not mean the striker was cleared to play.
Barcelona responded with a statement saying it was ''still waiting for the sports tribunal's resolution to its appeal.''
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said on Saturday ''we are ready to play with or without Neymar.''
Friday's appeal to the sports tribunal came after Barcelona lost its first appeal to the Spanish football federation on Thursday.
Neymar was handed a two-game suspension for sarcastically applauding an assistant referee after being sent off on April 8 in a 2-0 loss at Malaga.
The two-match ban was in addition to the one-game suspension he was automatically required to serve for the red card. He has sat out one game so far.
Top 10 club rivalries in world soccer
10. Soweto Derby: Orlando Pirates vs. Kaizer Chiefs
The Soweto Derby is a way of life in Johannesburg, with crowds that exceed typical league crowds by several degrees of magnitude.
9. Cascadia Cup: Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers
Don't let anyone tell you Sounders-Timbers isn't one of the great global club rivalries. These two cities live and breathe soccer, have had their clubs' battle span multiple leagues, and the antipathy is real.
8. Fla-Flu: Flamengo vs. Fluminense
The Fla-Flu game in Rio de Janeiro is Brazil's great historical rivalry. No fewer than 194,000 fans attended this game at the Maracanã in 1963.
7. North London Derby: Arsenal vs. Tottenham
The North London Derby has gotten even more intense as Spurs has improved over the years, though Arsenal (for now) still carries its 21-year streak of finishing ahead of Tottenham in the table.
6. North-West Derby: Manchester United vs. Liverpool
The two most successful clubs in England historically (20 championships for Manchester United; 18 for Liverpool) also have one of the most bitter rivalries.
5. Clasico Nacional: Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Club America
Mexico's two most popular teams have a rivalry that pits Guadalajara against Mexico City and a team of players with only Mexican heritage (Chivas) against a team known for buying non-Mexican stars (América).
4. Derby della Capitale: Roma vs. Lazio
The Derby della Capitale is the most intense city rivalry in Italy, a fight for bragging rights in the Eternal City.
3. Superclasico: Boca Juniors vs. River Plate
The two Argentine giants of Buenos Aires may have the world's most passionate fanbases. I went to the SuperClásico in '95 and stood with the Boca hardcores. When Boca scored, a sea of humanity carried me three rows below.
2. Old Firm: Celtic vs. Rangers
The divide between Catholics (Celtic) and Protestants (Rangers) through sports in Glasgow. I once wore all-black to this game in '99 and got yelled at for not picking a side.
1. El Clasico: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
The two best teams in Spain also have a long history as sporting proxies of Castilian Spain and Catalonia. Given the enmity in El Clásico, it's a wonder that the Spanish national team hasn't been more dysfunctional.
For Madrid, the host will have Gareth Bale available after a right leg problem sidelined him for two matches.
''He'll be with us tomorrow and we'll have to wait and see whether or not he plays,'' coach Zinedine Zidane said.
Two-time defending champion Barcelona trails Real Madrid by three points with six rounds to go in the Spanish league. Madrid, seeking its first league title since 2012, also has a game in hand.