CAS to rule on Luis Suarez bite case before La Liga begins
The Court of Arbitration for Sports will rule on the Luis Suarez bite case before La Liga begins in August.
CAS confirmed today that Suarez, the Uruguay football federation and Barcelona have filed a request for a fast-track appeal against FIFA's ban for nine competitive international matches and four months from all football.
"It is likely that a final award will be rendered well before the end of August," the court said in a statement to The Associated Press.
For the case to be fast-tracked, FIFA must also agree with Barcelona hoping to have Suarez available for the season opener with Elche on the weekend of August 23-24.
No dates or arbitrators for the case have been chosen.
FIFA's sanctions imposed on Suarez also included a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs ($112,000) for biting the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.
Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 with a goal scored one minute after Suarez's bite was missed by the match officials. The South Americans advanced to the second round, but without its star striker were easily beaten by Colombia.
His current ban expires on October 25, the same weekend that Barcelona is due to visit Real Madrid in the first "clasico" of the season.
Because Suarez is barred from all "football-related activity," he cannot train with his new club, which he joined from Liverpool this month.
If Suarez loses his appeal, he will also miss three Champions League group matches.