FIFA rule out Barca's grand unveiling of Luis Suarez
Published 14/07/2014 | 02:30
Barcelona will not be allowed to publicly unveil new £75m signing Luis Suarez while he remains banned, FIFA has confirmed.
Barca have previously introduced star signings including Neymar and Cesc Fabregas to packed stadiums and there had been suggestions that they could hold a similar event for Suarez in a non-football venue to get around the ban imposed on the Uruguay striker for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini. However, FIFA have told them any such event will not be permitted while the ban remains in force.
Suarez had his appeal against a four-month suspension, plus a nine-match international ban and a fine of £66,000, rejected by FIFA. He is expected to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a final bid to reduce the sanctions that will keep him out of club football until the end of October.