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Neymar Leaves Chile For Home As Brazil Withdraw Appeal

Posted: Jun 23, 2015 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Brazil has chosen to continue its Copa America pursuit without talisman Neymar, after the Brizilian Football Confederation (CBF) decided to withdraw its appeal against the striker’s four-match ban.

The Barcelona goal machine was made privy to his punishment last Friday following his rascal behaviour in Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Colombia, where he received a straight red card for attempting to head-butt Jeison Murillo before then verbally assaulting referee Enrique Osses.

Despite protests by Neymar’s team-mates to defend his innocence, the CBF has opted against trying to overturn the lengthy suspension that would have ruled the 23-year-old out for the remainder of the tournament in Chile.

“After a meeting that took place this Sunday night between Neymar and Brazil’s coaching staff, it was decided that CBF will accept Conmebol’s decision that suspended the player for four matches and therefore ended his Copa America campaign,” a statement read.

“Both staff and the player hope that the same rigour that Conmebol used to punish Neymar will be adopted on all competitions organised by the federation. In conclusion, the Brazil coaching staff is sorry for the loss of another important player for this year’s competition.

“Neymar will leave the Brazilian delegation that is concentrated at the Sheraton Hotel in Santiago this Monday.”

The five-time world champions qualified for the quarter-finals as Group C leaders on Sunday after defeating Venezuela 2-1 in Santiago.