April 12 (UPI) -- Brazilian soccer sensation Neymar will miss out on Barcelona's April 23 matchup against Real Madrid following a three-game ban.
Neymar was given two yellow cards in Barca's 2-0 loss Saturday to Malaga at La Rosaleda Stadium.
Referee Gil Manzano dismissed the forward.
The referee's report stated that Neymar was initially cautioned for "not respecting the regulatory distance at a free kick after having been warned previously," according to FC Barcelona. He was booked a second time for "knocking over an opponent in a challenge for the ball," according to the report. The report continued to say that after Neymar was dismissed and traveling to the players' tunnel, he "applauded in the direction of the fourth official."
FC Barcelona said Neymar was given one game for being sent off and two games for clapping at the official.
The Spanish club will appeal the Royal Spanish Football Federation decision.
Neymar has nine goals this season in 26 La Liga contests. Fellow forwards Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi have 24 goals and 27 goals, respectively.
Neymar will likely miss Saturday's match against Real Sociedad and is set to miss a game against Osasuna in addition to the rivalry facing Madrid.
The primetime matchup is set for 2:45 p.m. April 23 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Barcelona is currently three points behind Madrid in La Liga standings. There could be just four La Liga battles remaining by the time Neymar returns for the Barcelonistas.