Brazil will be without their captain and star player, Neymar, for the October 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Venezuela. This is as a result of the rejection of their appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the 4-match ban handed to Neymar.
The Selacao had their attempts to overturn the sanction handed to their captain rejected. The 23 year old Barcelona forward was handed a red card and the ban following a post-match altercation that ensued in the June Copa America.
After Chilean referee, Enrique Osses, blew the final whistle in Brazil’s 1-0 defeat to Columbia, Neymar hit the ball at Pablo Armero before aiming a headbutt at Jeison Murillo as all hell broke loose. Following the incident the Barca forward was sent off with Columbia striker, Carlos Bacca.
He had served half of the suspension by sitting out of Brazil’s remaining matches at the COPA America, but recent clarification by the CAS will have him miss out against Chile on October 8 and Venezuela on October 13.
Brazilian lawyers had argued that the regulations stipulated the suspension should only apply to future editions of the Copa America. However, the CAS rejected their contention, upholding the ban.
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