After biting on his nails for weeks, Luis Suarez will now have to live with the fact that he will not be allowed to play competitive games with Barcelona for four months. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland made the final decision earlier today.
However, Suarez will be allowed to train and play in friendly matches, with new club Barcelona confirming, “He will join the first team’s training session, scheduled for tomorrow, and he will also be presented on Monday, the day of the Joan Gamper Trophy.”
The following sanctions have been confirmed by the CAS:
1. Luis Suarez is found guilty of violation of art. 48 par. 1 lit. d) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code for having committed an act of assault during the match between Italy and Uruguay played on 24 June 2014 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
2. In application of art. 11 lit. c) and art. 19 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, Luis Suarez is banned for nine (9) consecutive official matches of the national team of the Asociacion Uruguaya de Futbol:
The first ban was fulfilled in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match Columbia vs. Uruguay of 28 June 2014;
The remaining bans will be fulfilled in the future official matches of the national team of the Asociacion Uruguaya de Futbol based on art. 38 par. 2 lit. a) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
3. Based on art. 11 lit. c) and art. 19 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, Luis Suarez is declared ineligible to play in official matches at any level for a period of four (4) consecutive months, starting on 25 June 2014.
4. Based on art. 10 lit. c) in connection with art. 15 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, Luis Suarez is sanctioned to pay a fine in the amount CHF 100,000.
Note: The full arbitral award, with the grounds, will follow at a later date.
Time will tell us whether the Uruguayan striker can keep his promises and stay out of any future trouble. At least Barcelona coach Luis Enrique can think about how to integrate a player like Suarez into his squad, as he looks to make his debut for the Catalan club against Real Madrid on October 26, the day after his ban is set to end.