ESPN FC, Friday, August 15, 2014 1:16 PM
began training with new club Barcelona on Friday after the European Court of Arbitration for Sport amended the four-month ban from “all football activity” imposed on him
by world governing body FIFA for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellieni
at the World Cup. The CAS decreed that Suarez is now able to train and take part in international and domestic
friendlies, though his four-month club ban and nine-game international ban remain intact.
Speaking to reporters following his first full day of training, the striker said: "I'm very happy to
feel like a soccer player again and to be with my teammates. I really wanted to get going. It was an uncomfortable situation. I'm paying for an error that I committed."
As part of the CAS
ruling, Suarez is now also clear to enter soccer stadiums and take part in promotional materials. As such, the former Liverpool star will be formally unveiled as a Barca player on Monday, ESPN
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