Messi sorry to see Neymar banned.

Neymar was sent off for butting Jeison Murillo Photo: AFP

A shame Neymar won't be participating any further in the 2015 Copa America, says Messi.

Argentina star Lionel Messi has expressed his disappointment after seeing his Barcelona team-mate Neymar banned for the rest of the Copa America.

The 23-year-old attacker, Neymar, was handed a four-match suspension by CONMEBOL after being sent off in Brazil's 1-0 defeat to Colombia - leaving Brazil needing a result from their final Group C match against Venezuela to be sure of making the knock-out stages of the competition.

However, Messi spoke of his disappointment that Neymar will no longer feature in the competition for his national team, and also admitted the ban is a blow for Brazil's chances.

Messi [AFP/Getty Images]

"I do not want to comment on Neymar. He's a friend," the Argentine said after their 1-0 win over Jamaica.

"I regret the punishment he was given and that he cannot participate any further in the Copa America.

"He is a very important player for Brazil. I know what it means to them to have him on the field."

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