Neymar not included in El Clasico squad

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    Barcelona have lost their patience with the TAD appeal regarding Neymar’s suspension.

    Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. April 23, 2017.

    F.C. Barcelona have decided to leave the Brazilian forward out of today’s squad that will face Real Madrid in a potential title deciding game. The Catalans have been frustrated by the Spanish Sports Tribunal (TAD) and its “refusal to exercise their judicial functions”.

    Neymar has been sent off in Barcelona’s 2-0 defeat at Malaga and has been given an additional two-match ban for ironically applauding the referee on his way out. The forward has served his automatic suspension in the game against Real Sociedad, but Barcelona appealed against the additional punishment to the Spanish Football Federation, which dismissed the case. This has prompted the Catalans to go forward with the appeal to TAD, whose uncertainty has now frustrated the club and prompted them to make their decision.

    Barcelona have released a statement earlier today, reading: ”Given the uncertainty in the lack of pronouncement from the Spanish Sports Tribunal (TAD) within 12 hours of the match tonight [Sunday], and all the attention focused on the sporting side, the club has chosen not to call the player Neymar JR.”

    The decision comes as a big blow for Barcelona, who is playing today one of their last chances to win the title in La Liga. Real Madrid currently sits three points above Barcelona at the top of La Liga, with one game in hand.