Bad news for Barca - FIFA reenforce severity of Suarez ban

Luis Suarez Bite

The Uruguayan, the Premier League's top scorer for Liverpool last season, will have to bide his time before any official unveiling by his new club.

Luis Suarez and his new club Barcelona have been dealt a blow with the news that FIFA are upholding the strict conditions resulting from his ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini in the World Cup last month.

The former Liverpool striker, who is Barca's record signing, was banned from "taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other)" after his third convicted bite as a professional footballer, and FIFA have confirmed will not even be allowed to be presented as Barcelona's new star player.

FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said: "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."

Whether the Spanish giants try to present their new star in a format that may sidestep the orders from football's governing body remains to be seen, though it is clear they will not be able to do as they did with Neymar last summer, when the Brazilian was paraded around the Nou Camp in full kit in front of both the press and the adoring Barca fans. 

An appeal by the 27-year-old has already been rejected by FIFA, and the player's lawyer is set to take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in an attempt to see it reduced or overturned, even though that may mean the entirety of the ban comes during the season.

At present, Suarez will not be available for his club until the end of October.

Liverpool reportedly received £75 million for the Uruguayan, the third highest transfer fee ever, and can now move forward with their transfer plans safe in the knowledge rather that whoever comes in will be able to contribute for the entire season, rather than missing the first few months.

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