Fifpro union criticise Suarez ban

The worldwide footballers’ union Fifpro has criticised the conditions of the recent ban given to Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez for lacking clarity, reports BBC Sport.

Controversial Liverpool hitman Suarez was sanctioned for biting defender Giorgio Chiellini in the World Cup match between Uruguay and Italy. After reviewing video footage of the incident, an independent disciplinary committee suspended Suarez for nine international games and banned him from all football activity for four months.

However, a spokesman for Fifpro has expressed concern that the terms of what exactly Suarez can and cannot do are unclear, saying: “We agree that the sanction lacks clarity. The concept of being banned from all football-related activities is not defined.”

Suarez has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona during this summer’s transfer window. The Catalan club themselves have endured controversy recently having received a ban from all transfer activity as a punishment for breaking rules that govern international transfers of players under 18 years old. This ban has currently been suspended pending an appeal.

However, it is thought that Suarez’s ban from all football activity would not preclude him from completing a transfer, and the prohibition from entering any stadium or training facility would be waived in order for him to undergo a medical examination.

While FIFA were apparently unwilling to explain the ban in any further details, it has been confirmed that Suarez is not permitted to join his Liverpool team mates for their pre-season preparations, although he is able to train alone.

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