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Luis Suárez may see punishment reduced by Court of Arbitration for Sport

Jul 26, 2014, 1:26 PM EDT

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According to a report in MARCA, the Court of Arbitration for Sport may be receptive to reducing the punishment received by Luis Suárez when he bit Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s World Cup match with Italy.

The punishment handed down by FIFA prevents Suárez from playing in the next nine games for Uruguay, and sees him banned from soccer for the next four months. The forward is also prevented from training and is prohibited from attending all football-related events — a prohibition which meant Barcelona could not introduce him at a crowded Camp Nou when he completed his transfer from Liverpool.

A CAS judgment will be handed down in the next three weeks, but there is already speculation that Suárez will see his punishment lessened. Sources say he is likely to be cleared to train with Barça, as well as take part in football-related events, meaning they may be able to properly present the Uruguayan. What’s likely to stick, however, is the nine-match ban from international games.

It’s the four-month ban that seems most up in the air. Apparently, there are those at the CAS who wonder if, because the incident occurred while Suárez was on international duty, should Barcelona be punished for it? That sort of thinking could lead to a reduced ban, and Suárez could be playing his first La Liga match sooner than most believed possible.

Yet for those of us who are not Barcelona fans, this line of thinking seems questionable at best. Barcelona were well aware of Suárez’s ban when they brought him on board, and it was likely the reason the deal with Liverpool came to such a rapid conclusion. Perhaps if Barcelona had bought the forward prior to the World Cup, this thinking would make sense.

Finally, the punishment is meant to hurt Suárez. This is a man that’s bitten an opponent on three separate occasions. If he’s ever to learn his lesson (biting people = not acceptable), it’s tough to see it happening if the CAS hands down a reduced ban.

  1. geejon - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    As much as I think this guy is sick in the head and deserves everything he gets, I try to look at things from the other perspective. That leads me to imagining a scenario in which an NBA player does something “looney” enough to get expelled while playing for TEAM USA in next month’s FIBA World Cup or in the Olympics. I seriously doubt he’d be forced to miss games for his NBA team.

    • jdubtrey - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      It isn’t a perfect analogy, but I know that FIBA suspensions for performance enhancers apply across all leagues, for example.

      I just think that a ban that doesn’t include club time would have no meaning whatsoever. This is Suarez’s 4th suspension (3rd for biting) and telling him that he has to sit out SA qualifiers and some Copa America games is not much of a punishment, to me anyway.

      If this were his first offense, I’d feel differently (though I doubt the suspension would have been as significant in that case). As it is, embarrassed his country, club and himself on the sports biggest stage, and as a repeat offender he has no excuse to fall back on.

  2. navyeoddavee9 - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    But this guy has done the “vampire act” at international and club level

  3. scoochpooch - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Scumbag gets away with everything.
    I’d love the chance to knockout this bucktoothed bastard.

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