Sign up for the free World Soccer Talk daily email newsletter for TV schedules, news and more »

SAT, 7:45AM ET
MCFC3
CPFC0
SAT, 9:30AM ET
WER2
BVB1
SAT, 10AM ET
AVFC1
MUFC1
SAT, 10AM ET
BAR5
COR0
SAT, 10AM ET
TOT2
BUR1
SAT, 10AM ET
SOU3
EVE0

Luis Suarez Ban Expected To Be Reduced, Appeal Heard Today

Suarez 600x337 Luis Suarez Ban Expected To Be Reduced, Appeal Heard Today

Luis Suarez has arrived in Switzerland to have his appeal against the four-month ban on a football-related activity imposed by FIFA heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Reports from Spain say that Barcelona have helped prepare the striker’s case since the club feels that they are also being affected by the ban; as the Uruguay international is unable to train, enter the Camp Nou or even meet his new teammates.

Since Suarez ban excludes him from nine international games, the Uruguay Football Federation are also assisting the player with his appeal. The 27-year-old striker has already served one game of that suspension when Uruguay played Colombia during the World Cup.

Prior to today’s hearing in Lausanne, all parties involved with Suarez appeal were confident of having the four-month ban reduced.

As it stands now, Suarez would be eligible to play on October 26, which would be against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu. But his legal team – which is made up of two lawyers from Barcelona, one from the Uruguayan federations and his personal lawyer – believe that the ban will be cut in half. Which would make Suarez eligible to return to training on August 25.

The lawyers argument is expected to be that the ban should be limited to international football, since the striker received his suspension while playing for Uruguay.

The CAS is expected to make a final decision on the appeal shortly after the conclusion of the hearing, with a chance of an announcement being made as early as Friday following the conclusion of the appeal.

 


This entry was posted in Barcelona, Leagues: La Liga, Uruguay. Bookmark the permalink.

About Peter Quinn

Although a college basketball coach for sixteen years on the NCAA Division I and II levels, Peter has been an avid football fan for more than half his life. He considers himself a student of coaching and team management. As well as coaching, Peter has spent time working in Sports Information at various colleges and universities. His articles on European football have been picked up by International Business Times UK and USA Today. Twitter: @CoachPeteQuinn
View all posts by Peter Quinn →