Suarez ban upheld

Luis Suarez has had his appeal against the length of his playing ban been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) today. The Uruguayan player and his lawyers argued that the ban was too long for the act committed. He still has over two months remaining on his initial four month ban from football.

CAS has however altered the punishment slightly by allowing him to train with Barcelona, attend football matches and be involved in promotions and business related activity. It also extends to friendly games so Suarez will be able to play three games before he officially returns, twice for Uruguay and once for Barcelona.

Luis Suarez will be unavailable for eight games from the start of the season and rather interestingly his first possible game would be El Clasico against old rival Real Madrid.

The ban for biting was not his first and Suarez has been labelled dangerous by some including Richard Scudamore; this is his third biting offence. 

Although it was partly successful, the defence team was expecting the ban to be halved or at least reduced so that he could begin his Barcelona competitive career earlier.

CAS will reveal a full report later.  

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