Luis Suarez’s four-month ban upheld by Court of Arbitration for Sport, but he can now practice with Barcelona

Luis Suarez grabs his teeth after biting the shoulder of Italy’s Giorgia Chiellini in the World Cup. (Ricardo Mazalan/AP)

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.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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Matt Bonesteel · August 14, 2014