Luis Suarez ban slightly rescinded by CAS

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Luis Suarez has been told by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that he can now train with Barcelona, say Reuters.

The Uruguayan’s original ban of being denied 'any footballing activity four months’ has been loosened, however he is still banned from playing any ‘official’ matches for the Spanish club for the same time period.

This could mean the forward could make his debut at the Nou Camp on Monday in a pre-season friendly against the Mexican outfit of Leon.

As is normally the way for big money signings, Suarez could formally be unveiled to his new home supporters which will be the first time we would have seen him in a Barcelona shirt.

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CAS Panel

To give more clarity on an already confusing story, here is some of what the CAS had to say on the matter:

"The sanctions imposed on the player by FIFA have been generally confirmed.
"However, the 4-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.”

Suarez’s lawyers also added: "As a result, Suarez is now permitted to train and attend matches with his Barcelona team mates in preparation for the new season."

Real chance

The loosening of the punishment will come as a relief to the former Liverpool man and his club, who looked set to not formally meet his new teammates till late October.

Suarez’s first game he could have played under his old punishment would have been against Real Madrid on October 26.

Whether manager Luis Enrique would have risked him for the fixture remains to be seen, but now he will be allowed to train the chances of him playing in the first El Clasico of the season looks more likely.

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