Per the Guardian, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld the four-month ban given by FIFA to Luis Suarez after the Uruguay striker bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match on June 24. However, CAS ruled that Suarez may train with Barcelona, the Spanish club team that he joined after a transfer from Liverpool following the World Cup.
In handing down its suspension of Suarez — he also is banned from international play for nine matches — FIFA said he could not participate in any soccer-related activities, which included practices. CAS reversed that portion of Suarez’s punishment, calling it “excessive.”
Suarez’s lawyer argued before CAS that the four-month ban was excessive because the infraction occurred at the World Cup — and thus the punishment should apply only to international matches — and that it infringed on Suarez’s “fundamental rights.” Suarez took his case to CAS after FIFA rejected his initial appeal.
The earliest Suarez can play in a game for Barcelona is Oct. 26, the Guardian reports. The team’s first La Liga game after that date is Nov. 1 against Celta Vigo.