by Mark Bassey
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), has upheld Luis Suarez’s ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. However, the Uruguay international will be able to train with his new Barcelona team-mates.
“The sanctions imposed on the player by Fifa have been generally confirmed,” CAS said in a statement.
“However, the four-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.”
The earliest the former Liverpool striker can return for Barcelona is 26 October – he will miss their first 11 games of this season.