London - Luis Suarez will find out on Thursday whether he has been successful
in his appeal to have a four-month ban for biting Italy's Giorgio
Chiellini at the Soccer World Cup reduced.
The Uruguayan striker last
week pleaded his case to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport,
which announced that it will deliver its verdict at 15:00 on
"The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will announce
its decision in the matter Luis Suarez, FC Barcelona and the Uruguayan
FA on Thursday 14 August 2014 at around 15:00. This case was
heard on 8 August 2014 at the CAS offices in Lausanne," a statement
released on Wednesday said.
"At the request of the Appellants and
with the agreement of FIFA, the CAS has conducted an expedited
arbitration procedure. As a consequence, the CAS Panel has accepted to
render its decision within a short period of time but with grounds to
Suarez, who has two previous lengthy bans for
biting opponents, was banned from all football-related activity for four
months after biting Chiellini on the shoulder during a World Cup group
game in the Brazilian city of Natal.
He was also suspended for
nine internationals and fined 100 000 Swiss francs ($112 000),
FIFA ordering its exemplary punishment because Suarez at first showed no
remorse - he later made a full apology to Chiellini.
subsequently left Liverpool for Barcelona in a 95-million-euro ($127
million) deal but as it stands will have to wait until late October
before he can play for his new club.
However, Suarez has been
backed in his appeal bid by world players' union FIFPro and his lawyers
said last week they were confident of obtaining a reduction of the ban
to two months, meaning the former Liverpool striker would be available
to play from August 25, and for him to be allowed to train with
Barcelona for the duration of his suspension.