Brazil star Neymar kicked out of Copa over headbutt

Brazil star Neymar kicked out of Copa over headbutt

Brazil striker Neymar has been handed a four-match-ban after being sent off at the Copa America tournament in Chile.

A disciplinary panel of the South American confederation ruled on Friday that he must sit out four games for violent conduct after the sending off, ruling him out of the remainder of the competition even if Brazil reach the final.

In addition to his ban, the 23-year-old was also fined $10,000. Brazil have the right to appeal the ruling.

The Barcelona forward picked up a red card after kicking the ball at Colombia’s Pablo Armero after the final whistle in Colombia’s 1-0 victory over Brazil on Wednesday. He also appeared to headbutt Jeison Murillo.

Brazil play their final group game on Sunday against Venezuela. If they advance to the knockout rounds they could only play a maximum of three more games.

Brazil are tied on points with Colombia, Venezuela and Peru heading into the last group game.

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