The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld Luis Suarez's four-month ban for biting, but the Uruguayan is now allowed to train with the Barcelona side.
The Court of Arbitration of Sport have released this statement: "The sanctions imposed on the player by FIFA have been generally confirmed. However, the four-month suspension will apply to official matches only and no longer to other football-related activities (such as training, promotional activities and administrative matters)."
"The CAS Panel found that the sanctions imposed on the player were generally proportionate to the offence committed. "It has however considered that the stadium ban and the ban from "any football-related activity" were excessive given that such measures are not appropriate to sanction the offence committed by the player and would still have an impact on his activity after the end of the suspension."
The statement released by the The Court of Arbitration of Sport means that Suarez will now be allowed to play for the Catalonia club in the Joan Gamper Trophy against Mexican side Leon Guanajuato on Monday.
However, Suarez will still miss Barcelona's first eight league matches of the new La Liga season and the striker will also miss Barcelona's first three group games in the Champions League. The ex-Liverpool ace could make his La Liga debut against Real Madrid on Sunday, October 26 in what many are calling the most exciting El Clasico in recent memory.
Luis Suarez was banned from playing football for four months after the striker bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in the final group stage match of the World Cup in Brazil. This the third time that Luis Suarez has bitten a player during play.
Suarez bit PSV's Otman Bakkal on the shoulder during a 0–0 draw in November 2010, and was banned for two games and fined by his then club Ajax. The second biting incident occurred in the 2012/13 Premier League season when Suarez bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and the striker was handed an 8 match ban from the FA.
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