In what was Luis Suarez's last chance of reducing his four-month, FIFA-imposed ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced on Thursday that the Uruguayan striker's ban will be upheld as the sanctions are "generally proportionate to the offence committed."
However, Suarez, who joined Barcelona in a £75-million transfer from Liverpool in July, will be allowed to train with his new team, and it was subsequently confirmed by the Catalan club that he'll take part in his first training session on Friday.
Suarez pleaded his case to the Swiss-based CAS last week with lawyer and adviser Alejandro Balbi, who unsuccessfully argued that the four-month ban should be reduced on the grounds that it infringes the player's "fundamental rights" and was "excessive."
The suspension is the third cannibalistic ban of Suarez's career as he was banned for 10 matches in April 2013 for biting Branislav Ivanovic and banned for seven matches in November 2010 for sinking his teeth into Otman Bakkal.
Oct. 26 will mark the end of Suarez's ban, which is coincidentally the exact date that Barcelona are scheduled to visit Real Madrid in the next instalment of El Clasico.