Neymar gets four-match ban, to miss remainder of Copa America

The Brazilian captain has been punished for his role in Wednesday's post-game brawl vs. Colombia and will miss the remainder of the tournament.

Gabriel Rossi/STF/LatinContent/Getty Images


Brazilian star Neymar has been banned for the rest of the Copa America, depriving the tournament of one of its biggest stars.

A disciplinary panel of the South American confederation ruled Friday that he must sit out four games for violent conduct in a match against Colombia, when he was sent off.

Brazil has the right to appeal. He was also fined $10,000.

The Barcelona forward picked up a red card after kicking Colombia’s Pablo Armero after the final whistle in Colombia’s 1-0 victory over Brazil on Wednesday. He also appeared to head butt another player.

Brazil plays its final group game on Sunday against Venezuela. If it advances to the knockout rounds it could play three more.