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Brazil superstar Neymar da Silva Santos Junior out of Copa America

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Neymar's participation in the South American footballing showpiece came to an abrupt end after a disciplinary hearing slapped him with a four-match ban for headbutting a Colombian opponent.


The punishment deprives the tournament of one of its most recognizable stars and leaves Brazil in turmoil as they contemplate the remainder of the tournament without their star captain.

Neymar's fate had been in the balance after he was given a red card for headbutting an opponent during a post-match brawl that erupted after Brazil's 1-0 upset loss to Colombia in Group C on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old superstar was already ruled out of Brazil's final group game against Venezuela on Sunday after collecting a second yellow card of the tournament against the Colombians.

Neymar, who was also fined $10,000, can appeal the punishment. But unless the ban is reduced it means he has played his last game of the Copa, with Brazil having at most four games left.

Neymar's shock early departure marks a stunning fall from grace for the young forward, who had been carrying his nation's hopes as they chased a first Copa America crown since 2007.

Aranguiz grabbed his second of the evening at 66 minutes, finishing off a low cross from Angelo Henriquez.

Medel made it 4-0 with a superb individual effort in the 80th minute, playing a one-two with Jorge Valdivia, controlling on his chest and then lifting a chipped finish over Quinonez.
Bolivia's misery was complete when skipper Raldes chipped his goalkeeper for a freak own goal to make it 5-0.