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SBD Global/July 18, 2014/International Football

Lawyers Familiar With CAS Say Barcelona Could Have Luis Suárez Ban Suspended

Spanish lawyer Xavier Albert Canal, who specializes in sports law, said of the sanctions Luis Suárez is facing, "I believe the Court of Arbitration for Sport could reduce the penalty," according to MUNDO DEPORTIVO. Canal: "Before the season starts I believe the CAS could rule in Barcelona's favor. It is not right that Suárez cannot practice and that they cannot present him. You can't stop a person from doing an activity. He can be sanctioned to be prevented from playing but not in this manner. It is absurd that he cannot practice or be introduced. FIFA has us accustomed to some strange resolutions" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 7/17). In Barcelona, Josep Capdevila reported attorney Octavio Fragata of Brazilian law firm Tozzini Freire, who has "experience with CAS proceedings," believes that the Suárez case "will end up being decided by the CAS." Fragata said, "The question of justice is difficult to answer, but we could say that in the case of Suárez, the sanction has been applied in the correct manner. ... The applicable regulations authorize a temporary suspension of the sanctions until a ruling from the CAS, so Barcelona could be able to achieve this" (SPORT, 7/16).
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