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Luis Suarez's four-month ban upheld but cleared to train with Barcelona

Thu 14th Aug 2014 | Legal

Luis Suarez's four-month ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but he is cleared to train with new club Barcelona.

A full explanation of the ruling will not be published until a later date.

"The sanctions imposed on the player by Fifa have been generally confirmed,'' the Court of Arbitration for Sport said in a statement.

But the court said preventing Suarez from taking part in any football activity was "excessive" as not allowing him to train would have had an impact on the player after the end of the suspension.

Suarez's legal team said: "Luis Suarez has successfully appealed to Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne against Fifa's decision to ban him from all football-related activity for four months for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

"The player remains ineligible to play in official matches during that period, and his nine-match international ban remains in place, but Suarez's legal team of Irish barrister David Casserly, Brazilian lawyer Daniel Cravo and Spanish firm Pintó Ruiz y Del Valle, successfully argued that Fifa had misapplied its own rules when considering the case and the sanction it imposed was disproportionate.

"As a result, Suarez is now permitted to train and attend matches with his Barcelona teammates in preparation for the new season.

"The full details of the court's decision are not yet known, but will be published in the coming weeks. The urgent appeal was dealt with by the Cas in an expedited arbitration, with a hearing held last Friday. Although there is a possibility to appeal Cas decisions to the Swiss Supreme Court, the grounds for appeal are very restricted."

Professional footballers' union Fifpro says it's disappointed that the ban was not reduced.

"Fifpro remains of the view that the current sanctions are disproportionate in relation to his violation of the FIFA Disciplinary Code," the union says in a statement.

"Fifpro regrets that Cas has not decided to reduce the length of both bans in exchange for an obligation for Suarez to receive treatment."

The Barcelona striker will not be able to play in any official matches until October 26.

The Uruguayan will miss nine La Liga games and three Champions League group-stage matches. He will return on the weekend of the El Clasico fixture against Real Madrid.

It seems as though he will now be able to be unveiled officially as a Barcelona player at the Nou Camp, though.

Barcelona play in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Monday against Mexican side Club Leon and, according to reports in Spain, Suarez could play in the fixture because it is not classed as a competitive game.

Image: Action Images / John Sibley Livepic

Posted by: Kev Howland 

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