FIFA announced Thursday that it has rejected an appeal lodged by Uruguay striker Luis Suarez and the country’s football association over the four-month, nine-match ban handed down after Suarez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match on June 24.
Suarez plays professionally for Liverpool in the English Premier League, though speculation continues to mount that he will transfer to Barcelona in Spain. FIFA said the suspension does not affect the ability for Suarez to change teams, only that he cannot practice or play for any professional or national team. Or, for that matter, enter any professional soccer stadium.
On Wednesday, the BBC reported that FIFPro, the world soccer players’ union, is arguing that FIFA’s ban “lacks clarity” as to what, exactly, Suarez is allowed to do during the suspension. FIFA did not respond to the BBC’s request for clarity, but the Professional Footballers’ Association, the union that represents players in England and Wales, provided the BBC with a list of things it thinks Suarez can and cannot do.
What the PFA thinks Suarez can’t do:
Train with the Liverpool team.
Enter Liverpool’s Melwood training ground.
Use any Liverpool FC fitness facilities.
Attend any professional or international match.
Attend any non-league, reserve and youth football game.
Watch school football games or attend football activities.
Play in a charity match.
Take part in a club visit to a children’s hospital.
Hand out awards at a junior football club.
Attend a Football in the Community event.
Speak at or attend a supporters’ club event.
Attend a function on behalf of the club.
Be involved in campaigns on behalf of Liverpool FC or Uruguay.
Take part in events with football-based sponsors.
What the PFA thinks Suarez can do:
Sign for another club.
Train on his own away from official club facilities.
Give media interviews.
Play football with his children or friends.
Talk about football on social media.
Attend amateur football games as long as it is not in a stadium.
Watch football on the TV both at home and in public places.
Play football on a games console.