FIFA to review terms and allow forward to practice with teammates.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is set to see the terms of his ban relaxed in the coming days and will be allowed to train during his four months out, according to Yahoo.
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Suarez was handed a four-month ban in June for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, and had been ordered to stay away from all ‘football activity’ during that time.
That meant that he was to stay away from training and wouldn’t even be allowed to step foot inside a stadium. However, upon review FIFA has decided to relax the ban to allow him to train during that time.
Asked whether Suarez will be banned from the training ground, Head of FIFA’s disciplinary committee Claudio Sulser was emphatic in Rio de Janeiro today:
“No you can’t limit those rights to the player, because it would be disproportionate.”
It remains to be seen, though, whether he will be cleared to participate in team preparations or if he will be limited to fitness and ball work.
Sulser went on to confirm that Uruguay have launched an appeal against the ban, which also rules Suarez out of their next eight international games, as they promised they would.
“This is still an ongoing case and an appeal has been filed, so I prefer not to give my opinion,” he added.
“When the committee was analysing this case, one thing I mentioned in my capacity as the chairman is we don’t need to impose an exemplary sanction, we need to have justice and reached the sanction in a very severe case.”
Suarez is expected to complete a massive £80m move to Liverpool this weekend, and the news will be welcomed by his new employers should the deal go ahead.
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