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Barcelona confirm they will appeal to the CAS over Neymar suspension

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The club are still hoping to get the Brazilian’s ban reduced

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Barcelona have confirmed they will take their appeal against Neymar’s three-game ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The Brazilian was hit with the suspension after being sent off during the defeat to Malaga and sarcastically applauding the match officials as he departed the pitch.

The Spanish Federation's Appeals Committee confirmed on Thursday they had rejected Barca’s initial appeal to reduce the punishment to a one-match ban, but the club are refusing to give up.

"With the Appeal Committee 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 (CAS)," a club statement read on Friday.

"It should be reminded that the referee showed the Brazilian two yellow cards against Málaga.

"According to the referee’s report produced by Gil Manzano, Neymar received the first card for ‘not respecting the regulated distance before a free-kick, after being warned in advance’.

"For the second yellow, he was sanctioned for ‘bringing down an opponent when disputing for the ball’.

"And, in addition, he also wrote that Neymar ‘after being sent off and when he was heading to the tunnel, he went towards the fourth official and applauded him’."

Neymar has already served one of his three games, missing the win over Real Sociedad and unless the suspension is overturned will also miss El Clasico and Wednesday’s visit from Osasuna.