Luis Suarez Could Have His FIFA Ban Lifted By The Court of Arbitration for Sport

News coming out of Spain today reports that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has agreed to review the appeal of Luis Suarez’s ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s World Cup Group D encounter with Italy.

If Suarez’s appeal is successful, he would be able to play in Barcelona’s opening match of the La Liga season versus Elche on August 25.

The CAS is an international quasi-judicial body that was established to settle any disputes related to sport. Its headquarters are located in Lausanne, which is a city in Romandy; the French-speaking part of Switzerland. And its courts are located in New York, Sydney and Lausanne.

An example of a CAS ruling occurred a few weeks ago when the international body upheld in part the appeals filed by the Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson against the Jamaica anti-doping disciplinary panel, which imposed a suspension of 18 months on both of them.

Both athletes had filed appeals at CAS against their 18-month suspension. They put forward that the offense committed was minor because it was caused by contamination of the food supplement “Epiphany D1” by the banned substance Oxilofrine and requested that the suspensions be reduced to 3 months.

The CAS decided to reduce their period of ineligibility to 6 months, which had already been already served.

Suarez appeal is set to be reviewed in early August.

5 thoughts on “Luis Suarez Could Have His FIFA Ban Lifted By The Court of Arbitration for Sport”

  1. Suarez conveniently gets his ban reduced along with his move to Barcelona a club that that shouldn’t be allowed to sign players but due to a stupid appeal system they’re given the right to sign him.
    Might as well throw in the towel in regards to punishment in the sport then. One of the Big names can be made a statement out of but instead leniency is doled out. I wonder if Suarez had been a lesser known name and behaved in such a fashion would he have been shown such leniency?

  2. Bloody Barcelona man. Got a transfer ban lifted or they wouldnt have even been able to sign this clown, now his suspension looks to be getting lifted. Someday karma will have it in for them and i cant bloody wait.

  3. His ban for domestic play was always going to be challenged. Even Liverpool would have challenged it. It will be interesting to see what the final outcome is with the challenge.

  4. Irrespective of the outcome, someone needs to intervene in this man’s life. He keeps biting and keeps getting a pass. It will happen again. Then what? Make him write one hundred times, “I will not misbehave”.

    I’ve said this before, the ‘cultural difference’ argument is weaker than carnival kool-aid. Some day this man will have to explain his deviant behavior to his kids. Who will he blame then? The English press?

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