Luis Suarez does NOT have a 'no biting' clause in his Barcelona contract
Rumours that Barcelona had added the clause as a safeguard
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that there is not a 'no biting' clause in the contract of £75m star Luis Suarez.
Suarez, who is preparing to appeal his four month ban from "all football activity" on 8 August, was rumoured to have had the clause inserted into his contract, allowing Barcelona to cancel his deal should he bite an opponent for a fourth time.
But speaking to CNN, Bartomeu denied its existence.
"No, there is no clause," he said. "If the clause did exist we wouldn't say it, but it doesn't exist."
It would not be the first bizarre contract clause in football.
Neil Ruddock would be fined if he went over a certain weight at West Ham, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was often introduced in the 71st minute as Arsenal had to pay Southampton £10,000 if he played 20 minutes or more in a game and Stefan Schwarz was banned from going into space when signed by Sunderland in 1999.
Bartomeu added: "We didn't rethink the decision (to sign him) and we told Luis after the bite. He knows he did wrong.
"He apologised. That's very important for us.
That means he knows that he did not do things properly - and of course, coming to our city, coming to our club, there's going to be a way of managing Luis Suarez, because at Liverpool he was a perfect player.
"Liverpool fans can tell it, supporters can tell it."
Suarez's appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is set for Friday with an announcement expected in the following days.
Video: Suarez's apology for biting Giorgio Chiellini
He is currently not allowed to play or train under the conditions of his Fifa ban, but should the CAS overrule that decision, he could be back in training before the season starts.
The international players' union FIFPro has claimed that the terms of the ban infringes Suarez's right to work.
A statement issued in June said: "The fact that Suarez is prohibited from working for a long period must be addressed as it directly infringes his right to work. Luis Suarez deserves all the support he needs including legal support in the appeal case in order to achieve a reduction of the sanctions."
If his ban is upheld he could make his Barcelona debut against bitter rivals Real Madrid on the weekend of 25 October.
Latest in Sport
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: The biggest fight of all time, or maybe just the most lucrative?
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao start?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
Sir Alex Ferguson reveals who he thinks is better between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
Chelsea transfer news: 'Eden Hazard will cost Real Madrid £100m - and a Galactico,' says Jose Mourinho
- 1 Woman 'suffocates newborn baby in plastic bag and puts it in her desk minutes after giving birth'
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 Chinese student carries disabled friend to school every day for three years
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove