No opening ceremony for biter Suarez

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Cordon Press

Barcelona cannot give new signing Luis Suarez an opening ceremony that major signings normally receive, until after his four-month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

 

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The Catalan club have been warned by FIFA that any event (like those held for star signings Neymar and Cesc Fabregas) will be a breach of the conditions of his ban.

 

There had been rumours that Barcelona could hold a similar event for Suarez in a non-football venue as a loophole to the ban.


However, FIFA’s head of media Delia Fischer has ruled this out by stating, “The ban relates to all football-related activity. He cannot be in a football-related public event irrespective of the venue.”

 


“He cannot even be involved in a football-related charity event.”

 

The Uruguayan striker recently had his appeal against the four-month ban, plus a nine-match international, rejected by an appeals committee.

 

It is expected that he will take his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in a last ditch effort to reduce the sanctions that, in its current form, will stop him playing club football until the end of October.

 

The fee of around €95 million will make Suarez, 27, the most expensive signing in Barcelona’s history.

 

He will make around €12 million a year but Barcelona have warned that this figure can instantly be reduced by around €4 million if he bites someone again, for a fourth time.

Luis Suarez Arrives in Barcelona

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