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Barcelona refused right to publicly unveil Luis Suarez by FIFA

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Closing in on a move to Barcelona, Liverpool's Luis Suarez (©GettyImages)
Closing in on a move to Barcelona, Liverpool's Luis Suarez (©GettyImages).

Barcelona will not be allowed to unveil new signing Luis Suarez before their fans at the Nou Camp due to his ban, according to BBC Sport.

The ban

Following his bite on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini,  Suarez was handed a four-month ban from all footballing activities, including the right to train with a team or even enter the confines of a stadium. Many questioned whether his potential transfer to Barcelona, including the necessary medical checks, would be possible following this punishment, before FIFA ruled that this would be allowed.

However, following the near completion of the move, FIFA's head of media Delia Fischer has stated that the forward 'cannot be in a football-related public event', ruling out the chance to be publicly unveiled at the Nou Camp as other big signings have been before him.

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Expected unveiling

Following Neymar's £49million transfer last year, he found himself presented to almost 90,000 Barcelona fans in the Nou Camp - an opportunity that will not be allowed to Suarez due to his lengthy ban. There were suggestions that the club were attempting to find a different location away from the stadium grounds in which to present the player to the fans and media in order to get around the no-stadium rule, but FIFA appear adamant in their decision, going further to explain that 'he cannot even be involved in a football-related charity event.' 

While Suarez and his lawyers are still appealing against the ban, calling the punishment 'blatantly draconian, totalitarian and fascist' it seems highly unlikely that he will now be presented to the fans until after the start of the new season, if at all.

He has already been given the number nine shirt recently vacated by the departure of Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal, with Barcelona rapidly dipping into the transfer market before their 14-month transfer ban can be re-implemented by FIFA following the clubs' appeal.

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