Barcelona striker Suarez’s appeal begins in Switzerland

Friday 8th August , 2014 10:13 am

Luis Suarez has arrived at a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing that will determine whether the Uruguay striker will have to serve a four-month ban for biting an opponent.

The former Liverpool player brushed aside photographers and refused to comment as he arrived by taxi at CAS’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The 27-year-old’s legal team are confident the ban will be halved.

If successful, Suarez would be available to play from 25 August.

Football’s world governing body Fifa imposed a four-month ban “from all football-related activity” on the Uruguayan after he bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in a World Cup group game.

Luis Suarez appeal hearing

A Barcelona fan holds up a message of support for Suarez outside CAS’ headquarters

Suarez’s legal team are expected to argue that the ban should be limited to international football, from which the striker received a nine-match suspension.

They also hope to persuade CAS to let Suarez train with new club Barcelona while he serves his ban.

Suarez’s lawyer Alejandro Balbi told Uruguayan media that the four-month suspension would be “easier to contend against” because it breaches the player’s “fundamental rights”.

CAS had said that a final decision is likely to be made “some days after the conclusion of the hearing”, but there is a chance it could be made as early as Friday once the appeal is over.

Source: BBC Sport