Barcelona 'convinced' of reduction in Suarez ban

The Catalan club are confident the Uruguayan forward's suspension will be changed and have pledged to help him “reintegrate into the football world”
Barcelona are "convinced" that new signing Luis Suarez’s four-month ban for biting will be reduced ahead of the new season.

Suarez received a hefty sanction from Fifa after biting Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s crunch Group D match against Italy during the World Cup. The striker was subsequently handed a four-match suspension from all football-related activity and banned for his country's next nine competitive matches.

Despite failing with an appeal, the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) are now set to take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident Suarez's club ban will be slashed. The Catalan giants paid a reported €88 million during the World Cup to acquire the Uruguayan forward from Liverpool.

Now they too are seeking to have Suarez’s ban shortened.

"We are supporting the appeal being made by the Uruguayan Federation and are convinced that Fifa's initial sanction will be reduced," Bartomeu told the club's official website.

"He recognised his mistake and Barca will be making sure he successfully reintegrates into the football world.

"Suarez will bring his top qualities as a footballer [to Barcelona], with goals and the desire to compete and win.

"We'll all help him and his family to adapt quickly to Barcelona and the team."

The president also sought to clarify that the club’s transfer spending was not yet over.

"The end of the World Cup will clearly revitalise the market," he continued, "A lot of teams have been waiting until now to make their signings. Everybody was sure that that their player's values could change in Brazil.

"We are focusing our efforts on finding what the coaches need, which as you know still means we have to sign some new players, probably in defence."

"I'm excited about it because this is the in-depth restructuring that we'd talked about. [Barcelona sporting director Andoni] Zubizarreta and Luis Enrique are working hard to make a team that can challenge for everything.

"The team is in good hands."