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Soccer Biter's Ban Upheld—Sort Of

CAS rules Suarez can train with his team during ban
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2014 10:08 AM CDT
Soccer Biter's Ban Upheld—Sort Of
In this June 24, 2014, file photo, Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during the World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay in Brazil.   (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)

(Newser) – So much for that appeal: The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld Luis Suarez's four-month ban after the Uruguay star famously bit another player at this year's World Cup, noting the penalty is "generally proportionate to the offense committed," the AP reports. He also must sit out of Uruguay's next eight games. But there's a silver lining for Suarez, in that CAS deemed FIFA's decision to ban Suarez from all soccer activity "excessive." As a result, it will allow him to train with and promote his club, Barcelona, which Sky News reports paid $125 million for the player after his punishment was announced. The ban expires Oct. 26. (Read more Luis Suarez stories.)

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