Reports in Spanish press claim that Luis Suarez is not allowed to feature for Barcelona in Saturday’s El Clasico encounter with Real Madrid.
Billed as one of the most eagerly anticipated El Clasico’s in recent years, Barcelona and Real Madrid’s first meeting of the season takes place on Saturday at Santiago Bernabeu.
The game has also been heavily discussed due to the return to professional football of Luis Suarez, who has been serving a four month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup finals in Brazil.
However, some reports in Spain, most notably on Deporte de Ley, a Spanish website ran by law attorneys, claim that Suarez will still be banned on the day of the game – 25th October.
According to them, Suarez’s ban does not end on October 24th, but on October 25th.
Real Madrid based website Managing Madrid cite the following reasons for their report:
- According to the resolution published by the CAS, Luis Suárez is banned to take part in any official match for four months, starting on June 25th.
- The bans whose length is specified in months are computed “from date to date”, i.e., if it started the 25th day of certain month, it has to end the 25th of another month, but it will definitely be valid that day.
They also claim that if Suarez does play then Barcelona could be punished for an incorrect line-up.