Luis Suarez joins Barcelona: Fifa confirm £75m striker will NOT be unveiled in public at the Nou Camp

Ban from "all football activity" means he cannot step onto the pitch

Football’s world governing body Fifa have confirmed Barcelona will not be allowed to unveil £75m signing Luis Suarez under the terms of his ban.

The striker will move to Barcelona from Liverpool in the next few days but the Catalan giants will not be allowed to announce their new man with the usual fanfare.

Last season, Neymar drew almost 90,000 people into the Nou Camp for his official unveiling but the club will be denied that this time.

Barcelona may still decide to arrange a similar event for the prolific striker and could hold it in a different venue to get around his four-month ban from "all football activity" for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini – he will be able to complete a medical at the stadium but will not be allowed to train.

There had been some confusion about whether a Suarez unveiling would be allowed to take place.

"The ban relates to all football-related activity," Fifa’s head of media Delia Fischer told the Press Association. "He cannot be in a football-related public event irrespective of the venue.

"He cannot even be involved in a football-related charity event."

Along with the four-month blanket ban, Suarez was also banned for nine international matches (one of those was the last-16 tie against Colombia) and fined 100,000 Swiss francs (£66,000).

His appeal to Fifa for the ban to be reduced was rejected by Fifa, and he is now expected to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in a second attempt to reduce his punishment.

Suarez, who is set for a return in October, can ask the CAS to put his ban on hold but will then run the risk of missing more matches during the season, rather than in the close season, should they uphold the ruling.

Fifa’s hefty punishment took into consideration that Suarez had shown no remorse as this was the third time in which he had bitten an opponent. Suarez initially offered a laughable defence on the incident before issuing an official apology; however, that did not change the mind of the appeals panel.

Suarez's lawyer on Friday claimed the punishment was "blatantly draconian, totalitarian and fascist". Neymar is presented to Barcelona fans after signing a five-year deal Almost 90,000 people went to the Nou Camp to see Neymar unveiled

Alejandro Balbi told Spanish radio station Cope: "The right of a footballer to work is being violated, and football should be worried about that.

"The nine (international) games may seem excessive, but the fact that he can't watch a game of football, or train or carry out his job, we are talking about unpleasant things."

Giorgio Chiellini posted on his Twitter page: "It's all forgotten. I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension."

Additional reporting by PA

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