Barcelona ‘convinced’ FIFA will reduce Suarez’s ban

by Mark Bassey

Suarez to Barcelona

Barcelona are seeking to have Luis Suarez’s ban reduced and the La Liga giants are “convinced” it will happen.

Suarez, who completed his move from Liverpool this week, has been banned by FIFA for four months and nine international games, after he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

The Uruguayan striker has already failed with an appeal, but his country’s FA are set to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

“We are supporting the appeal being made by the Uruguayan Federation and are convinced that Fifa’s initial sanction will be reduced,” Barca president Bartomeu, told the club’s official website.

“He recognised his mistake and Barca will be making sure he successfully reintegrates into the football world.

“Suarez will bring his top qualities as a footballer [to Barcelona], with goals and the desire to compete and win.

“We’ll all help him and his family to adapt quickly to Barcelona and the team.”

Bartomeu also revealed that Luis Enrique was not done with beefing up the squad ahead of the new season.

“The end of the World Cup will clearly revitalise the market,” he continued, “A lot of teams have been waiting until now to make their signings. Everybody was sure that that their player’s values could change in Brazil.

“We are focusing our efforts on finding what the coaches need, which as you know still means we have to sign some new players, probably in defence.”

“I’m excited about it because this is the in-depth restructuring that we’d talked about. [Barcelona sporting director Andoni] Zubizarreta and Luis Enrique are working hard to make a team that can challenge for everything.

“The team is in good hands.”

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