Barcelona's newest weapon Luis Suarez plead his case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport yesterday, in an attempt to cut his four-month ban from all football activity, in half.
Suarez has been reprimanded for biting three times in his professional career, the most recent infraction coming at this year's World Cup when he bit Italy's, Giorgio Chiellini, during the final game of group play. Following the bite, the Italian players protested penalizing Suarez allowing Uruguay to win a corner kick which they would score on and take a 1-0 lead, to secure the win. Subsequently, the 27-year-old forward would be handed a ban for nine international matches and a fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs (Yahoo News).
Suarez Bite Timeline
In November of 2010 while playing for Ajax, Suarez bit Otman Bakkal a midfielder for PSV Eindhoven. Suarez received a seven match ban as well as a fine by the club for the incident.
In April of 2013 Suarez bit Branislav Ivanovic on his arm but the incident was not caught during the game. Suarez would later receive a 10-match ban by the FA.
In June of 2014 Suarez bit Chiellini on the grandest stage in football, the World Cup. His appeal is ongoing.
Following the five hour hearing, Suarez elected not to comment on his meeting with CAS. He did however sign autographs before being driven off in a black van.
Barcelona's high-profile acquisition may have been tight-lipped on the situation however CAS commented on Suarez's day claiming that he had given "a statement to the Panel of CAS arbitrators: Mr Bernhard Welten, Switzerland (President), Professor Luigi Fumagalli, Italy, and Dr Marco Balmelli, Switzerland" (Yahoo News).
The CAS is expected to have a decision on Suarez next week.