Luis Suarez ban will be reduced, says Barcelona president

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident Luis Suarez's lengthy ban from football will be reduced.

The much-maligned Uruguayan striker joined the Catalan club for a fee of £75m but cannot play for four months after he bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

Re-integration into football

But Bartomeu - who oversaw the deal for Suarez - told the club's official website that he is convinced that the player won't serve the full length of his bn.

He said: "We are supporting the appeal being made by the Uruguayan Federation to the CAS and are convinced that FIFA’s initial sanction will be reduced.

"He recognised his mistake and Barça will be making sure he successfully reintegrates into the football world."

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Flurry of activity

Barcelona themselves have been involved in a flurry of summer transfer activity as they have signed Suarez and goalkeepers Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, whilst Cesc Fabregas left to join Chelsea and the club also sold Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal.

The signing of Suarez is perhaps the most crucial though and Bartomeu feels the striker will succeed at the Nou Camp.

He said: "Suárez will bring his top qualities as a footballer, with goals and the desire to compete and win.

"We’ll all help him and his family to adapt quickly to Barcelona and the team."

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