14 August 2014 15:20
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld Luis Suarez’s four-month ban from football, but will allow him to train with Barcelona.
Suarez’s punishment – which covered all football-related activity – also now only applies to official matches, meaning the Uruguay star can play in friendlies.
As such, the striker could feature in Barcelona’s non-competitive fixture with Leon at Camp Nou on Monday.
FIFA suspended Suarez until October 25 after he bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup group-stage clash in June.
Suarez was also banned from playing in Uruguay’s next nine competitive fixtures following an incident that marked the third time he had bitten an opposition player on the pitch.
The former Ajax man, who left Liverpool for Barca in a reported €94million (£75m) deal last month, appealed to CAS after seeing his initial pleas to reduce the suspension rejected by FIFA.
Suarez and his representatives have always maintained that the punishment was excessive, and although he cannot represent his new club in competitive action until late October, he can at least now partake in “training, promotional activities and administrative matters”.
The 27-year-old can therefore train with his team-mates and be officially unveiled as a Barca player, as well as play in friendlies.
The first competitive match Suarez could be eligible for is Barca’s first El Clasico clash of the season, with their Liga meeting with Real Madrid currently scheduled for the weekend of October 25 and 26.