Verdict on Suarez suspension appeal due on Thursday

The Uruguay international was banned for four months for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup but the Barcelona forward has challenged the length of the sentence
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has confirmed that it will announce its verdict on Luis Suarez's suspension on Thursday.

The Uruguay international was banned from all football-related activity for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during their respective nations' World Cup clash in Natal in June.

His country's FA was quick to appeal the verdict, but the governing body refused to shorten his sentence, leading to the case being referred to the CAS.

Suarez subsquently left Liverpool for Barcelona Barcelona, who have repeatedly voiced their optimism that he will be available to play sooner than originally expected.

And it has now been confirmed that his fate will be known at 15:00CET on Thursday, after his case was heard last week.

"The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will announce its decision in the matter Luis Suarez, FC Barcelona & the Uruguayan FA on Thursday 14 August 2014 at around 15:00," an official statement read.

"This case was heard on 8 August 2014 at the CAS offices in Lausanne. At the request of the Appellants and with the agreement of Fifa, the CAS has conducted an expedited arbitration procedure.

"As a consequence, the CAS Panel has accepted to render its decision within a short period of time but with grounds to follow later."