Brazil have resigned themselves to continuing the Copa without Neymar after withdrawing their appeal against Neymar’s four match ban.
Neymar was handed a four match ban after his unruly behavior during Brazil’s loss to Colombia. The Barcelona forward was given a straight red after attempting a headbutt on Murillo and subsequently verbally assaulting Osses, the referee in charge.
Brazil was set to appeal the ban, but has opted against that and will do without the forward for the remainder of the Copa.
“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 NT 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 to of Group C on Sunday after defeating Venezuela 2-1 in Santiago.