Luis Suarez is NOT allowed to train, say Fifa as contradictory messages emerge over terms of ban
World governing body contradict earlier statement that said Suarez not being allowed to train would be 'disproportionate'
Friday 04 July 2014
Fifa officials have reiterated that Luis Suarez will not be allowed to train during his four month ban from 'any football activity' after earlier reports suggested he would.
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The Uruguayan striker was banned for four months from "all football activity" after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during their final World Cup Group D match.
This was assumed to mean Suarez would not be allowed to train during his four month exile, but the head of Fifa's disciplinary committee confused matters on Thursday night by appearing to say Suarez would, in fact, be able to train.
"No you can’t limit those rights to the player, because it would be disproportionate," said Claudio Sulser.
However, a Fifa spokeswoman has since stated that Suarez will not be able to train, despite Sulser's words.
"As said at various occasions he is not allowed to participate in any football activity during the ban period and as such is also not allowed to train with the team during the ban."
Fifa also confirmed that Suarez, who was also banned for nine international matches and given a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs, would be allowed to complete a medical should his blockbuster move from Liverpool to Barcelona take place.
Sulser said: "The player cannot have any activity related to football, but a medical examination for a transfer yes - the sanction is not linked to transfer rights."
Uruguay have launched an official appeal into the severity of the ban, it was confirmed on Thursday.
"This is still an ongoing case and an appeal has been filed, so I prefer not to give my opinion," said Sulser when that appeal was officially lodged.
"When the committee was analysing this case, one thing I mentioned in my capacity as the chairman is we don’t need to impose an exemplary sanction, we need to have justice and reach the sanction in a very severe case."
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