Geneva - -Luis Suarez on Thursday failed to win a reprieve from his four-month
ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, but got a
green light to resume training.
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In a hotly-awaited ruling, the
Court of Arbitration for Sport said it had found Suarez guilty of
assault during Uruguay's World Cup match against Italy, in what was one
of the highest-profile incidents at the sporting extravaganza in Brazil.
The decision means that the 27-year-old striker remains unable
to make his debut for his new club Barcelona until October 25, but can
at least train with his team-mates and be involved in promotional
He is also barred from taking to the pitch with Uruguay for nine consecutive official matches.
CAS Panel found that the sanctions imposed on the player were generally
proportionate to the offence committed," the court said in a statement.
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
Suarez, accompanied by his lawyers and
representatives of Barcelona and the Uruguayan Football Association, had
last Friday pleaded his case in person at a closed-door session of the
Swiss-based CAS, which is the final court of appeal in the sports world.
three expert arbitrators - two Swiss and one Italian - did not issue a
detailed ruling because that case was heard under an expedited
procedure under the agreement of all concerned.
The CAS said that the full findings would follow at a later date.
who has a record of bans for biting opponents, was barred from all
football-related activity for four months after biting Chiellini on the
shoulder during Uruguay's final Group C game on June 24 in the Brazilian
city of Natal.
Uruguay advanced thanks to an 81st minute goal from Diego Godin, sending Italy packing 1-0.
has already served one match of his nine-game national team ban, having
missed Uruguay's 2-0 loss to Colombia in the World Cup round of 16 on
In addition to suspending Suarez, world football's
governing body FIFA has also fined him fined 100 000 Swiss francs
(112 000 dollars), and the CAS kept that penalty in place.FIFA
adopted a tough stance at the World Cup because Suarez at first showed
no remorse, though its boss Sepp Blatter later dubbed the punishment
But after being sent home from Brazil, Suarez apologised.
truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical
result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me," Suarez said on
Twitter on June 30.
"I deeply regret what occurred. I apologize to
Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family," he said, vowing that
there would never be another incident.
Suarez subsequently left
English giants Liverpool for Barcelona, after a 95-million-euro ($127
million) deal with the Catalan powerhouses.
Suarez and the
Uruguayan Football Association turned to the CAS after a failed appeal
to FIFA, and were joined by Barcelona in the case.
been anxious to tap the striking skills that saw Suarez notch up 31
goals in 33 matches with Liverpool last season.
Suarez was backed
in his appeal by world players' union FIFPro, which had called the
sanctions disproportionate, notably because the ban on all
football-related activity infringed his right to work for his club.
His lawyers had expressed confidence they would get the ban slashed to two months.
would have made him available to play from August 25, thereby only
missing Barcelona's opening fixture of the season, at home to lowly
Elche the day before.
Suarez has never explained his propensity to bite opponents.
earned a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in 2013,
after being sidelined for seven matches with Dutch club Ajax in 2010 for
the same offence against PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal.
Wednesday, English Premier League boss Richard Scudamore said that while
Suarez was a great footballer, he was also "an accident waiting to
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