Neymar ban appeal rejected by CAS, will miss Brazil World Cup qualifiers

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Sport's highest court has rejected Brazil's attempt to overturn Neymar's ban from two World Cup qualifiers.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) issued a fast-track verdict on Friday ahead of Brazil's away game against Chile on Oct. 8.

The ruling means Neymar will miss that game and the Oct. 13 home qualifier against Venezuela.

Neymar is completing a four-match sanction imposed at the Copa America in June. The Brazil captain confronted and verbally abused the referee before going into the changing rooms, according to the referee's report, after he was dismissed at the end of his team's 1-0 defeat to Colombia.

The Barcelona forward was sent off after he kicked the ball at Pablo Armero after the full-time whistle and then appeared to headbutt Jeison Murillo when he was confronted.

The Confederation for Brazilian Football (CBF) had wanted the ban enforced only at the next Copa America, while CAS says the reasons for its decision to reject the CBF appeal will be published at a later date.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.