Suarez is Barcelona bound.
The Uruguay forward, Luis Suarez, has been condemned to serving out his four-month football ban as his appeal and that of the Uruguay FA has been turned down by the world football governing body, FIFA.
In a short statement on its official website, FIFA stated that Suarez will serve out his punishment despite the apology made over his biting incident with Italian defender, Georgio Chellini.
“The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by both the Uruguayan player Luis Suarez and the Uruguayan FA, and to confirm the decision rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on 25 June 2014 in its entirety” the statement of FIFA’s website read in part.
While FIFA said the decision to reject the appeals has been communicated to the parties involved, the Barcelona-bound forward has been given a leeway as the football governing body said that the relevant decision is not yet final and binding, i.e. an appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) is still possible (cf. art. 67 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes) by the player and/or the Uruguayan FA, subject to certain conditions.
Despite the ban, Suarez is set to complete an 88 million Euro deal to move to Barcelona.