Football: Suarez ban upheld

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld Luis Suarez’s four-month playing ban but has cleared him to train with Barcelona.
Suarez was appealing his four-month from all football activity, a sanction imposed by FIFA after the striker bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s 1-0 World Cup victory on June 24.
The news means that he will now be allowed to train with Barcelona for the duration of his suspension and will be available to return to action on October 25.
Suarez will miss Barcelona’s first eight league matches of the new season, plus their first three group games in the Champions League. He could make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid on Sunday October 26.
A statement from CAS read: “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.”
Barcelona paid Liverpool £75m for Suarez after he received his original worldwide ban. He was also handed a nine-match international ban and £66,000 fine following the incident; those punishments still stand.
His legal team argued that as the incident took place while the striker was playing for his country the sanctions should be limited to international football.
The three-man panel of CAS arbitrators consisted of the president, Mr Bernhard Welten from Switzerland, his compatriot Dr Marco Balmelli and Professor Luigi Fumagalli from Italy.

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