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Luis Suarez’s four-month ban upheld, cleared to train, play friendlies for Barcelona

Aug 14, 2014, 9:14 AM EDT

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Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has seen his appeal against a four-month ban for biting an opponent upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Suarez, 27, was banned for four months from all soccer related activity by FIFA after being found guilty of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s World Cup campaign this summer. That was the third biting incident of Suarez’s career.

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However despite throwing out his appeal and his lengthy ban still in place, CAS have cleared Suarez to train with Barcelona as he has previously been practicing on his own after his $128 million transfer to Spain from Premier League side Liverpool this summer. After CAS’ ruling Suarez is now allowed to train, play in friendlies (for Uruguay and Barcelona) and be involved in any promotional activities regarding soccer.

Initially both Suarez and the Uruguayan FA appealed to FIFA but lost. The last possible chance to get Suarez’s ban reduced was by going to the CAS.

That has worked, slightly, as Suarez can now join up with his teammates but he still won’t be in action at the Nou Camp until Oct. 26 at the earliest and is still banned for Uruguay’s next eight competitive international matches. Yet he is allowed to play in friendly matches for club and country.

Barcelona have a friendly match against Liga MX side Leon on Monday for the Joan Gamper Trophy which Suarez, technically, can play in. Will we now see Barca organize at least one friendly a week just for Suarez to get match practice in? There’s always some kind of loophole. Following the news Barcelona sent out the following Tweet from their account as Suarez will be unveiled before the game on Monday vs. Leon and will also return to training tomorrow.

Suarez’s exile from soccer until late October has now been confirmed but the striker has been given some leeway to get his career back on track.

  1. lordfletcher - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    I hope this douche fails at barca

  2. granadafan - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Typical toothless FIFA. So much for banning from ALL football activities by letting him practice and play in friendlies, especially national team ones.

    • Ian's Rushtache - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      Typical ignorant Murican.

      This ruling was made by CAS, a body that is completely separate from FIFA. But it’s easier to lash out than it is to educate yourself.

  3. lunasceiling - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    I’m sure Luis will gobble up this opportunity to get on the practice field. He’ll be hungry to see this new stage in his career begin, and he’s certainly got an appetite for victory. He’s probably been snapping at the leash, having to train on his own.

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