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FOOTBALL: Suarez's ban upheld but Barcelona striker allowed to train

Published:Thursday | August 14, 2014 | 1:58 PM

Luis Suarez's four-month ban for biting a World Cup opponent has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

However, the 27-year-old Uruguay striker can now train and play in friendly matches, including for new club Barcelona on Monday against Mexico's Club Leon.

A full explanation of the CAS ruling will be published at a later date.

Suarez's lawyers argued FIFA's decision to suspend him from all "football-related activity" for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini was excessive.

Suarez will still serve the remaining eight matches of a record nine-match international ban handed down by the world governing body after the Brazil 2014 group match on June 24.

In addition to being allowed to train and play in friendlies, the former Liverpool player can also attend matches and take part in promotional activities.

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