FIFA uphold Suarez sanctions
Rio de Janeiro - FIFA have dismissed appeals by Uruguay and Luis Suarez over
the striker's four-month global ban on Thursday for biting a World Cup opponent.
Luis Suarez (AFP)
amid doubts about the scope of the restrictions on the star
goalscorer's activities, Suarez could still take a case to the Court of
Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
"The FIFA Appeal Committee has
decided to reject appeals lodged by both the Uruguayan player Luis
Suarez and the Uruguayan FA," a statement said.
"The terms of the decision taken by the FIFA Appeal Committee were communicated to the player and the Uruguayan FA today."
FIFA statement said the decision was not binding, meaning the Liverpool
star Suarez -- who is on the verge of a move to Barcelona -- could
appeal to CAS.
Suarez and the Uruguayan Football Association have
10 days to request the full written reasons for the appeal being
rejected by FIFA. They can then lodge an appeal with CAS.
spokeswoman Delia Fischer said that only the arbitration court could
decide if the sanctions should be lifted while the appeal is decided.
the CAS suspends the sanctions, Suarez -- who bit Italian defender
Giorgio Chiellini in a Group D game on June 24 as Uruguay headed for a
1-0 victory -- could play at the start of the season for Barcelona.
But if the ban was then confirmed, he would miss a key part of the European season.
striker, who has two previous lengthy bans for biting opponents, was
thrown out of the World Cup and banned from all football activity for
Suarez was also suspended for nine internationals and fined 100,000 Swiss francs (112,000 dollars).
has since made a public apology to Chiellini -- who has backed his case
to be able to play again -- while Spanish giants Barcelona are
negotiating to buy the prolific striker from England's Liverpool.
to British media, Barcelona have reached a deal with Liverpool, but the
official announcement has been held up because the Spanish team are
seeking clarification from FIFA of the scope of the ban.
reports said the transfer could eventually be worth 75 million ($130
million) but is also conditional on Barcelona selling Chile's World Cup
striker Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal.
According to British press reports Sanchez was in london Thursday to undergo a medical.
FIFA ban precludes Suarez from entering any stadium and training with
his club -- whether that is Liverpool or Barcelona -- for the four month
ban. But FIFpro, the World Players Union, says the sanctions are not
"The fact that Suarez is prohibited from working for
a long period must be addressed as it directly infringes his right to
work. Also the fact that Liverpool FC is affected needs to be an
important issue," said a FIFpro statement.
As well as Barcelona,
Liverpool and the English Football Association are also believed to have
sought clarifications on the ban from the world governing body.
at first denied to FIFA that he had bitten Chiellini. But he then
admitted in his public apology that the Italian "suffered the physical
result of a bite".
FIFA ordered its exemplary punishment because Suarez at first showed no remorse.