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Brazil star Neymar to miss rest of Copa America after four-match ban

AP , Saturday 20 Jun 2015
Brazil's Neymar kicks the ball into Colombia's Armero after the referee finished their first round Copa America 2015 soccer match at Estadio Monumental David Arellano in Santiago (Photo: Reuters)
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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.

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