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Luis Suarez comment: Barcelona must not indulge striker if they want him to learn from mistakes

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Luis Suarez has been cleared to play in friendly matches

Luis Suarez appeal: Striker cleared to make Barcelona debut against Club Leon in Nou Camp friendly on Monday

CAS ruled four-month ban will now be for official matches only

Luis Suarez arrives at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to argue his case over his four-month ban

Luis Suarez ban upheld: CAS statement in full

The Barcelona striker has had his ban upheld, but other sanctions have been relaxed

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Luis Suarez (right) holds his teeth after biting Chiellini

Luis Suarez biting appeal: CAS uphold ban, but striker can make Barcelona debut on Monday and train with new team-mates

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Shad Forsythe (right) converses with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during the Gunners' pre-season training

Mesut Ozil tweets his delight that another World Cup winner has joined Arsenal

Playmaker welcomes Germany fitness coach Shad Forysthe to the club

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Richard Scudamore says he won't miss Luis Suarez

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John O’Shea, Phil Jagielka, Vincent Kompany and Wes Morgan at the Premier League season launch

Vincent Kompany advises young English talent to go abroad

Manchester City captain signed a new contract on Wednesday

Borussia Dortmund fans joined in with Liverpool supporters to sing You'll Never Walk Alone

English ticket prices in Germany would lead to 'a s***storm,' claims Bundesliga CEO Seifert

Borussia Dortmund season tickets cost just £160 compared to £900 at Arsenal

Hector Bellerin (left) and Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott reveals that Hector Bellerin is now the fastest player at Arsenal

Spanish youngster has broken Walcott's 40m sprint record

Shane Long is on his way to Southampton

Shane Long: Southampton agree £12m fee with Hull City for striker

Long only moved to the KC Stadium in January

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Newcastle United fan's view: How to solve a problem like Hatem Ben Arfa

The French midfielder is dividing opinion (again) on Tyneside - but he still deserves one last chance

Steven Gerrard in the style of Joshua Reynolds’ Portrait of General John Burgoyne

Sky Sports 5 launch: Bizarre painting of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard coincides with yet another channel on Sky

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