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Ronaldo slates Neymar after headbutt rules him out of entire Copa America competition

Published 20/06/2015 | 12:54

Brazilian Neymar attends a training session in Santiago, Chile yesterday
Brazilian Neymar attends a training session in Santiago, Chile yesterday

Brazil captain Neymar has been handed a four-match ban, ruling him out of the remainder of this year's Copa America.

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The Barcelona attacker has been punished for his role in Wednesday's post-game fracas, when he was shown a straight red card for confronting Jeison Murillo and Carlos Bacca after the Group C defeat to Colombia.

Neymar lashed out during a tense match that was decided by a close-range effort from Colombian defender Jeison Murillo.

Brazil, who have yet to make sure of their place in the last eight, do have the right of appeal.

Bacca has been banned for two matches and fined $5,000 for his part in the melee.

On Sport English, former Brazil star Ronaldo said "You can't justify what he did. Neymar is passing through a difficult moment. "He's acting in an aggressive way and he can't accept, under any circumstances, that sometimes these things happen in a game. When you are wearing the Brazil shirt, you can't act like that."

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