August 14, 2014 8:30 am

Luis Suarez’s 4-month ban for biting incident during World Cup upheld

In this June 24, 2014 file photo, Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. Barcelona reached agreement with Liverpool on the transfer of Luis Suarez on Friday, July 11, 2014 giving the troubled striker a chance to rehabilitate his image when his latest biting ban is over. Suarez will travel to Barcelona next week for a medical and to sign a five-year contract. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld Luis Suarez’s four-month ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup, but cleared him to train with Barcelona.

CAS says FIFA’s sanctions against Suarez are “generally proportionate to the offence committed.”

Suarez cannot play for Barcelona until Oct. 26, and he remains banned for Uruguay’s next eight competitive matches.

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However, the court’s panel has ruled that the ban on any soccer-related activity is “excessive.”

The court’s ruling allows him to train and be involved in promotional activities.

Suarez has admitted to biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder during Uruguay’s 1-0 win at the World Cup.

© The Associated Press, 2014

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